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Government Accountability Board Votes Down Cameras at the Polls

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 22, 2014 9:04 AM
Government Accountability Board Votes Down Cameras at the Polls

A motion that would have allowed cameras at polling locations failed by a vote of 2-4 before the Government Accountability Board on Monday. The change would have allowed still cameras and video cameras to be taken by election observers at polling locations. Under current law, only members of the media are allowed to use cameras at polling sites. Despite support for these changes in the legislature, not all members of the commenting public were as supportive. Read More »

Update: Lake Superior Tribes to Meet with EPA to Discuss GTAC Mine

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 21, 2014 9:20 AM
Update: Lake Superior Tribes to Meet with EPA to Discuss GTAC Mine

After sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 27 asking that the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine be stopped, six Lake Superior tribes will meet with the agency on August 16th in Grand Traverse, Michigan to discuss their concerns with the northern Wisconsin mining project. Read More »

Gov. Walker Calls For The Repeal Of Common Core But What Is Next?

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 18, 2014 2:13 PM
Gov. Walker Calls For The Repeal Of Common Core But What Is Next?

Can the Legislature and the stakeholders pass new standards quickly enough so school districts do not "waste" time teaching the existing Common Core standards? Read More »

Reaction to Governor Walker's Call to Repeal Common Core Standards

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 18, 2014 8:22 AM
Reaction to Governor Walker's Call to Repeal Common Core Standards

Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker surprised many political insiders when he called upon the Legislature to repeal the state's Common Core education standards. Here is a sampling of reactions to the Governor's statement: Read More »

WI ACA Update: Over 130,000 Wisconsinites Sign Up For Health Insurance Through The Federal Exchange

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 16, 2014 1:16 PM
WI ACA Update: Over 130,000 Wisconsinites Sign Up For Health Insurance Through The Federal Exchange

The Walker administration released the latest information on Obamacare enrollment and how the transition from BadgerCare Plus to the federal exchange is progressing. Read More »

Report: Federal Regulations Cost Wisconsin $2.4 Billion in First Six Months of 2014

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 15, 2014 4:00 AM
Report: Federal Regulations Cost Wisconsin $2.4 Billion in First Six Months of 2014

[Washington, D.C.] Federal regulations cost Wisconsin $2.4 billion in just the first half of 2014 according to a study by American Action Forum (AAF), a national public policy institute. Wisconsin faced the largest per capita regulatory cost in the Midwest, costing every person in the state $415 from January to June of 2014. Minnesota ranked a close second at $408, while Iowa had the lowest regulatory cost in the Midwest at $282 per capita. Read More »

A Constitutional Amendment To Require A Balanced Budget: Solution To The Federal Debt Addiction?

Comments | Posted in mi reports | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 14, 2014 11:03 AM
A Constitutional Amendment To Require A Balanced Budget: Solution To The Federal Debt Addiction?

A recent report from the Heartland Institute proposes a state-generated solution to the federal debt addiction through a "Compact For A Balanced Budget." Read More »

UPDATED: Tribes Ignore Own Violations of Clean Water Act when Asking EPA to Stop Northern Wisconsin Mine

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 11, 2014 3:30 AM
UPDATED: Tribes Ignore Own Violations of Clean Water Act when Asking EPA to Stop Northern Wisconsin Mine

MacIver News Service - In an effort to stop mining activity in the northern Wisconsin Penokee Hills, six Native American tribes have asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to step in. But, five of the six tribes have wastewater treatment facilities with a recent history of violations of the Clean Water Act. Read More »

Attorney General JB Van Hollen Issues Opinion On GAB

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 10, 2014 1:57 PM
Attorney General JB Van Hollen Issues Opinion On GAB

MacIver News Service - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued an opinion on Thursday morning regarding whether the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) could request investigation documents held by the Government Accountability Board (GAB) to perform an audit of its operations. Read More »

State Legislators Start Personal Property Tax Study, Reform on the Way?

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 10, 2014 2:45 AM
State Legislators Start Personal Property Tax Study, Reform on the Way?

MacIver News Service - The Steering Committee on Symposia Series on Personal Property Tax met for the first time on Wednesday to lay out their agenda for studying the personal property tax in Wisconsin. Symposia chairman Rep. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) promised that the committee would "learn from every side, every angle" in an attempt to better understand how the personal property tax affects Wisconsinites. Read More »

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