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Assembly Passes Bucks Arena Deal As Is

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted July 28, 2015 12:16 PM
Assembly Passes Bucks Arena Deal As Is

Debate lasted for about an hour. None of the floor speeches opposed the bill. Several lawmakers explained how they came to their decision to vote for it. Read More »

Property Tax Freeze Under New Budget Confirmed

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 28, 2015 9:52 AM
Property Tax Freeze Under New Budget Confirmed

MacIver News Service - Property taxpayers in Wisconsin will indeed receive a slight tax cut under the 2015-17 state budget, according to a new memo from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB). The decreases of $1 in 2015-16 and $2 in 2016-17 are not as large as the $7 and $3 decreases from Gov. Walker's original budget plan, but the LFB finds that property taxes will still be less than 2014-15 levels under the new budget. Read More »

Uncovered Emails Show Lois Lerner's Interest in Wisconsin Politics

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 27, 2015 2:48 PM
Uncovered Emails Show Lois Lerner's Interest in Wisconsin Politics

MacIver News Service - The day after Wisconsin Democrats failed to win back the Senate in the first round of recall elections, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner wanted to know what was going on in the state. Read More »

Improved Wis. Economy Fuels Home Sales in June

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted July 21, 2015 11:38 AM
Improved Wis. Economy Fuels Home Sales in June

MacIver News Service - Menominee County is one of the poorest counties in the state with about a third of its residents living below the poverty line. Despite that, the county has the third highest median home prices in the state, even beating out Dane County. Read More »

For the Government Accountability Board, The End May be Near

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted July 21, 2015 11:01 AM
For the Government Accountability Board, The End May be Near

Kennedy and his GAB rose to particular public notoriety during the recall elections in 2012. GAB officials publicly stated they would consider signatures reading "Mickey Mouse" and "Adolf Hitler" as legitimate. In fact, Kennedy said they would not attempt to verify the signatures at all, and that signatures could be counted from people who had passed away, who were not even citizens or were duplicates. Read More »

WEAC Membership Down More Than Half to Below 40,000

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted July 20, 2015 6:11 PM
WEAC Membership Down More Than Half to Below 40,000

MacIver News Service - Four years after the passage of Act 10, the state's largest teachers' union has seen membership drop by more than half to less than 40,000 public school employees. Read More »

ANALYSIS: The 2015-17 Wisconsin State Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 20, 2015 10:22 AM
ANALYSIS: The 2015-17 Wisconsin State Budget

MacIver Institute - With the budget finally signed, the MacIver Institute spent hours pouring over the document to see just how good of a deal taxpayers got for their money. In our opinion, this budget is still very good for taxpayers and it will keep moving Wisconsin forward. Overall, the MacIver Institute gives the 2015-2017 Wisconsin state budget a "B+." Read More »

State Supreme Court Stops Doe Investigation into Scott Walker, Conservative Groups

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 16, 2015 12:42 PM
State Supreme Court Stops Doe Investigation into Scott Walker, Conservative Groups

MacIver News Service - The Wisconsin Supreme Court put an end to the John Doe investigation with a 4-2 ruling that was issued early Thursday morning. The multi-year investigation, which looked into the possible coordination between the governor and independent conservative organizations during the recall elections, did not lead to any charges being filed. Read More »

Senate Changes, Approves Bucks Deal

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted July 15, 2015 6:43 PM
Senate Changes, Approves Bucks Deal

The floor debate only lasted about an hour, but the entire day leading up to that was spent finagling last minute changes to the hard fought deal. The two most significant changes included a ticket surcharge and language that limits how the county can provide its portion of the funding. Read More »

A Hilarious Look at the Problems with Publicly Funding Sports Arenas

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 14, 2015 12:00 PM
A Hilarious Look at the Problems with Publicly Funding Sports Arenas

On Sunday, John Oliver took nearly 20 minutes of his half-hour HBO television show to discuss the problems with publicly funding arenas and stadiums for privately owned sports teams. Wisconsin's own Milwaukee Bucks were frequently mentioned by Oliver as the state legislature continues to negotiate a deal to keep the team in the state's largest city. Read More »

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