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State Rep. Worried Professors Could Lose "Guaranteed Job Security"

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 27, 2015 2:00 AM
State Rep. Worried Professors Could Lose

State Rep. Terese Bereau (D-Madison) offered very candid remarks about the state budget on Wednesday to a group of UW-Madison professors when she said there was "a very big and different philosophical divide" over teacher tenure and merit review at the State Capitol. Read More »

UPDATED - Legislators Aim to Eliminate Wisconsin's Personal Property Tax

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted March 24, 2015 1:36 PM
UPDATED - Legislators Aim to Eliminate Wisconsin's Personal Property Tax

Representative Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) and Senator Tom Tiffany (Hazelhurst) are circulating companion proposals aimed at eliminating the personal property tax in Wisconsin by 2020. The personal property tax is a levy on business equipment that is assessed in addition to real property taxes paid by businesses (property taxes paid on actual real estate). Read More »

Five Years Later: Heritage's Daily Signal Fact Checks Obamacare

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 24, 2015 7:30 AM
Five Years Later: Heritage's Daily Signal Fact Checks Obamacare

MacIver News Service - Obamacare turned five-years-old yesterday, so Heritage's Daily Signal decided to take a look at some of the promises that were made by supporters of the law. Check out the info graphic below to see how the ACA did...Hint, it's not good. Read More »

Wisconsin Voter ID Law Stands After Supreme Court Decision

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 23, 2015 1:53 PM
Wisconsin Voter ID Law Stands After Supreme Court Decision

MacIver News Service - The Supreme Court of the United States revealed on Monday it would not hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law, meaning the state is free to enact the four-year-old law. The law will not be in place for the April 7 election. Read More »

UW-Madison Foundations Grow Assets to More than $6 Billion

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 20, 2015 12:51 PM
UW-Madison Foundations Grow Assets to More than $6 Billion

MacIver Investigation - The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and the University of Wisconsin Foundation (UWF) - two non-profits born from UW-Madison and created specifically to help UW-Madison be successful - have more than $6 billion in assets, but contributed less than five percent of that amount back to the college in fiscal year 2014. Read More »

Assembly Joint Finance Members Propose Changes to UW Budget Plan

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 18, 2015 2:38 PM
Assembly Joint Finance Members Propose Changes to UW Budget Plan

MacIver News Service - As the legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) held its first public hearing Wednesday on the 2015-17 state budget, two members released their plans to make changes to the budget proposal for the University of Wisconsin System. Read More »

Governor's Budget Has No New Taxes, Leads To Future Surplus

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted March 17, 2015 11:44 AM
Governor's Budget Has No New Taxes, Leads To Future Surplus

Two interesting memos were published by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) today. The first is an analysis on tax and fee changes proposed in Governor Walker's budget. Taxes would go up by $39 million over the biennium, but all of that is from repealed or delayed tax credits. Read More »

UPDATED - Wisconsin's Secret Cost-Driver: The Prevailing Wage Law

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted March 16, 2015 3:00 AM
UPDATED - Wisconsin's Secret Cost-Driver: The Prevailing Wage Law

Now that Wisconsin is the nation's 25th right-to-work state, it's time to address another labor-related reform: eliminating Wisconsin's prevailing wage law. Prevailing wage is a backward policy designed to ensure government contract workers are paid wage rates and receive benefits that are "prevailing" in a given industry or region. Read More »

Unions' Lawsuit over Right-to-Work a 'Hail Mary Pass'

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 13, 2015 3:00 AM
Unions' Lawsuit over Right-to-Work a 'Hail Mary Pass'

MacIver News Service - Three unions filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the state over the new right-to-work law. However, similar laws in Indiana and Michigan have recently been upheld by the courts, and legal experts believe Wisconsin's law is constitutional, as well. Read More »

Public Hearings on State Budget to Begin Next Week

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 13, 2015 1:00 AM
Public Hearings on State Budget to Begin Next Week

MacIver Budget Blog - The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) kicks off a series of budget hearings around the state next week to get public input on the 2015-17 state budget. The first stop will be Brillon, WI on Wednesday and then the committee will travel to Alverno College in Milwaukee on Friday. Read More »

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