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Prevailing Wage Bill Could Save Taxpayers Millions Annually in Public Works Projects

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted January 28, 2015 2:58 PM
Prevailing Wage Bill Could Save Taxpayers Millions Annually in Public Works Projects

Legislation soon to be introduced by Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) would eliminate Wisconsin's prevailing wage law in order to allow for greater competition in the bidding process for public works projects, Read More »

UW System to See Cuts, More Autonomy under Scott Walker's Plan

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted January 27, 2015 1:12 PM
UW System to See Cuts, More Autonomy under Scott Walker's Plan

MacIver News Service - Gov. Scott Walker announced his plan on Tuesday to give the University of Wisconsin System more budgetary flexibility in exchange for an annual decrease in funding of $150 million a year. Read More »

STUDY: EPA Regulations to Increase Wisconsin Electricity Prices 19%, Eliminate 20,995 Jobs by 2030

Comments | Posted in Featured | By Nick Novak | Posted January 27, 2015 3:01 AM
STUDY: EPA Regulations to Increase Wisconsin Electricity Prices 19%, Eliminate 20,995 Jobs by 2030

PRESS RELEASE - The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy released a policy brief in conjunction with the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University on Tuesday that shows newly proposed EPA regulations will increase electricity prices by 19 percent and eliminate nearly 21,000 jobs by 2030. Read More »

$1.6 Billion Spent in Wisconsin's Failing Public Schools Between 2011 and 2014

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted January 26, 2015 10:19 AM
$1.6 Billion Spent in Wisconsin's Failing Public Schools Between 2011 and 2014

In three years, local, state, and federal tax funds comprised over $1.6 billion in revenue that went to schools that failed to meet Wisconsin's standards. That's a tremendous expenditure with little return. Read More »

Fiscal Bureau Memo: Current Budget Deficit Grows to $283 Million

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted January 23, 2015 4:57 PM
Fiscal Bureau Memo: Current Budget Deficit Grows to $283 Million

MacIver News Service - New state revenue estimates from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) were released Friday predicting Wisconsin's general fund tax collections will increase 4.7 percent in 2016 and 3.8 percent in 2017 as the national economy picks up steam. Read More »

Boston Fed CEO Stresses Any Upcoming Interest Rate Changes Won't Impact Economy

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted January 23, 2015 3:15 AM
Boston Fed CEO Stresses Any Upcoming Interest Rate Changes Won't Impact Economy

MacIver News Service - Any changes to the Federal Reserve's interest rate would not have major impact on the economy, according to Eric Rosengren, who outlined his approach and predictions on monetary policy normalization at a recent Wisconsin Banker's Association luncheon. Read More »

Chart of the Day: Most Wisconsin Employees Work for Pass-Through Businesses

Comments | Posted in Charts | By Matt Crumb | Posted January 23, 2015 1:00 AM
Chart of the Day: Most Wisconsin Employees Work for Pass-Through Businesses

Think the personal income tax only matters for individuals? Think again. As the Tax Foundation lays out, most of Wisconsin's workforce is employed by "pass-through" entities who pay the individual income tax. In these types of businesses, profits are "passed through" to the owners or shareholders and taxed by the federal and state income tax code. Read More »

Committee Approves Bill Giving Audit Bureau Access to Confidential GAB Records

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted January 22, 2015 12:25 PM
Committee Approves Bill Giving Audit Bureau Access to Confidential GAB Records

MacIver News Service - The Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved a pair of bills on Thursday aimed at providing the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) access to confidential information during audits. The bills specifically grant access to previously unavailable records from the Government Accountability Board (GAB). Read More »

Gov. Walker Previews Entitlement Drug Testing, Tech College Funding Plans

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted January 22, 2015 11:48 AM
Gov. Walker Previews Entitlement Drug Testing, Tech College Funding Plans

MacIver News Service - Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) laid out some of his workforce development proposals on Thursday that will be a part of his upcoming budget, including a requirement that people receiving benefits from government programs pass drug tests and a plan to make 100 percent of state aid for the Wisconsin's technical colleges based on performance. Read More »

MacIver's Healy to President Obama: Our Children Deserve Better

Comments | Posted in Featured | By Nick Novak | Posted January 21, 2015 10:48 AM
MacIver's Healy to President Obama: Our Children Deserve Better

PRESS RELEASE - Brett Healy, President of the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, released this statement following President Obama's State of the Union address last night. Read More »

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