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Non-Teaching Staff Soars in U.S. Schools, Second Largest Amongst Developed Countries

Comments | Posted in mi reports | By Nick Novak | Posted August 29, 2014 3:00 AM
Non-Teaching Staff Soars in U.S. Schools, Second Largest Amongst Developed Countries

In 2010, teachers made up just 50 percent of America's public school employees, leaving districts with just as many employees outside of the classroom as inside it. That figure continued a trend that has seen the country's classroom shift towards non-teaching positions over the past 60 years. Read More »

State Tax Collections Down $281 Million from Estimates for Fiscal Year 2014

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted August 28, 2014 3:34 PM
State Tax Collections Down $281 Million from Estimates for Fiscal Year 2014

MacIver News Service - State tax collections are down $281 million from initial Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) projections for fiscal year 2014 (FY14), according to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Read More »

WI ACT Scores, Participation Rates Increase but Achievement Gap Persists

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted August 28, 2014 1:57 PM
WI ACT Scores, Participation Rates Increase but Achievement Gap Persists

Wisconsin's high school students had the second-highest ACT average in the nation this past school year, according to Department of Public Instruction data. Increases in both overall scores and participation rates kept the Badger State amongst the elite when it comes to the national college readiness exam. Read More »

UPDATED: 1 in 5 Manufacturers Employing Fewer People Because of Obamacare

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted August 28, 2014 3:00 AM
UPDATED: 1 in 5 Manufacturers Employing Fewer People Because of Obamacare

MacIver News Service - A new survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia shows nearly one in five manufacturers are employing fewer people because of Obamacare. August's survey featured questions about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed business practices for the participating manufacturing firms. The results are troubling. Read More »

Americans for Prosperity Report: Wisconsin Headed in the Right Direction

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted August 28, 2014 1:00 AM
Americans for Prosperity Report: Wisconsin Headed in the Right Direction

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's economy is improving and has outperformed its neighbors according to a new report from Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin (AFP-WI). The report points to pro-growth policies as the reason for the state's success. Read More »

REPORT: Right to Work, Low Tax States Have Better Employment Growth

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted August 27, 2014 8:33 AM
REPORT: Right to Work, Low Tax States Have Better Employment Growth

MacIver News Service - Employment growth since 1990 has been dominated by states that are right-to-work and have low income taxes according to a new report from non-partisan Opportunity Ohio. Read More »

Taxpayer Resources Appear to Have Been Widely Used to Lobby Erpenbach on Act 10

Comments | Posted in mi investigations | By Nick Novak | Posted August 26, 2014 3:00 AM
Taxpayer Resources Appear to Have Been Widely Used to Lobby Erpenbach on Act 10

MacIver Investigations - After a failed legal battle with the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) turned over 1,571 separate emails containing over 2,100 total pages from public employees across the state and country who contacted him about Act 10. Read More »

Paul Ryan Speaks about His New Book at MacIver Institute Luncheon

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted August 24, 2014 8:03 PM
Paul Ryan Speaks about His New Book at MacIver Institute Luncheon

From CBS58 Milwaukee - Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) spoke at an event hosted by the MacIver Institute last Thursday. Coverage of the event from CBS58 is below. Read More »

Scott Walker to Mary Burke: How Would You Make Up $3 billion in Savings from Act 10?

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted August 20, 2014 3:58 PM
Scott Walker to Mary Burke: How Would You Make Up $3 billion in Savings from Act 10?

MacIver News Service - Gov. Scott Walker called out Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke on Wednesday, asking her to detail what she would do to make up the savings achieved through Act 10. Read More »

REPORT: Wisconsin Public Employees' Health Plan Second Best in the Nation

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted August 15, 2014 3:00 AM
REPORT: Wisconsin Public Employees' Health Plan Second Best in the Nation

Even with Act 10's requirement for public employees to pay more for their health and pension benefits, Wisconsin's taxpayers still pay a larger share of the cost of health coverage for state employees than the national average, according to a new report on state employee health care plans by Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More »

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