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New MPS Superintendent Discusses Community Buy-In, Standardized Testing, and Vacant Schools

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted December 18, 2014 10:18 AM
New MPS Superintendent Discusses Community Buy-In, Standardized Testing, and Vacant Schools

The first-year superintendent also touched on some of the effects that Act 10 still has in the state's largest district. "After Act 10, our buying power is being contested. Other districts are offering higher salaries to teachers and admins. We're still competitive, but we are struggling to keep up." Read More »

GAB Board Members Concerned About Audit, Call On Staff to Give More Answers

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted December 17, 2014 3:00 AM
GAB Board Members Concerned About Audit, Call On Staff to Give More Answers

MacIver News Service - Government Accountability Board (GAB) members and top GAB staff met Tuesday to discuss the audit report released last week by the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB). The audit found a number of deficiencies with current operations at the GAB and provided a total of 34 recommendations for reform. Read More »

Wisconsin's GAAP Deficit Shrinks by $1.6 Billion in Past Three Fiscal Years

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted December 17, 2014 12:00 AM
Wisconsin's GAAP Deficit Shrinks by $1.6 Billion in Past Three Fiscal Years

MacIver News Service - The state's deficit according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) has decreased by $1.6 billion in the first three fiscal years of Gov. Scott Walker's first term. Read More »

Federal Special Interest Tax Breaks Cost Nearly $1 Trillion Every Year

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted December 12, 2014 4:00 AM
Federal Special Interest Tax Breaks Cost Nearly $1 Trillion Every Year

MacIver Institute - Retiring U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), author of the annual "Wastebook" publication, takes another foray into government waste and abuse in a new report entitled "Tax Decoder." The 312-page report highlights nearly a trillion dollars in questionable and crony-like federal tax breaks that are given out every year through our broken tax code. Read More »

UPDATE: Public Works Committee Votes Down Milwaukee Streetcar, Will Still go to Full Common Council

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted December 10, 2014 4:06 PM
UPDATE: Public Works Committee Votes Down Milwaukee Streetcar, Will Still go to Full Common Council

MacIver News Service - A committee of the Milwaukee Common Council voted on Tuesday to move forward with Mayor Tom Barrett's new plan to create two tax incremental financing districts (TIF) to pay for his proposed downtown streetcar. Read More »

Will Wisconsin Be the Next State to Pass Right to Work Legislation?

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted December 5, 2014 3:00 AM
Will Wisconsin Be the Next State to Pass Right to Work Legislation?

Recent comments from legislators and conservative leaders have quickly opened the door for Right to Work legislation in Wisconsin. While the governor has said it is not a priority, a bill may still end up on his desk come the New Year. Read More »

Walker, Legislators and State Officials All Send Letters to EPA Opposing Anti-Coal Plan

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted December 3, 2014 3:00 AM
Walker, Legislators and State Officials All Send Letters to EPA Opposing Anti-Coal Plan

Gov. Scott Walker, 49 state legislators, and two state agencies submitted letters to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday expressing concern over the harmful effects of its proposed Clean Power Plan. Read More »

STUDY: Voucher Schools Face More Rigorous Accountability Laws Than Public Schools

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted December 3, 2014 2:00 AM
STUDY: Voucher Schools Face More Rigorous Accountability Laws Than Public Schools

According to a new study, state mandates that place rigorous standards on Wisconsin's voucher-accepting private schools have made these schools as accountable - or more - than Milwaukee Public Schools. Read More »

Teacher that Cried Poverty Over Act 10 Still Lives in $550K Home

Comments | Posted in mi investigations | By Nick Novak | Posted December 2, 2014 3:00 AM
Teacher that Cried Poverty Over Act 10 Still Lives in $550K Home

An in-depth analysis of more than 1,500 emails sent to Sen. Jon Erpenbach's (D-Middleton) office during the 2011 protests shows that many government workers not only used government resources during normal business hours to lobby the senator on Act 10, but they also made outlandish claims that publicly available data shows never materialized. Read More »

100 Fewer Wisconsin School District Unions Seek Recertification Under Act 10

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted December 1, 2014 12:45 PM
100 Fewer Wisconsin School District Unions Seek Recertification Under Act 10

In elections that ended last Tuesday, government workers voted to decertify 25 school district unions that sought recertification. Plus, 100 fewer unions than last year chose to seek recertification. Last year, 408 units sought recertification. This year, the number was down to 305. Read More »

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