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Background Information on the Milwaukee Bucks Arena Legislation

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 6, 2015 11:42 AM
Background Information on the Milwaukee Bucks Arena Legislation

See the background documents legislators are studying to determine if the proposal for a new Bucks arena is worth the risk. Read More »

Milwaukee Responsible For Running Its Own Trolley, says JFC

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted July 6, 2015 2:24 AM
Milwaukee Responsible For Running Its Own Trolley, says JFC

The Streetcar line is expected to cost $2.65 million a year to operate. Recently Milwaukee City Hall has expressed a desire to make the Milwaukee County Transit System responsible for running the line. Even though Mayor Barrett has indicated the city would still pay for it, a former Milwaukee County Supervisor isn't buying it. Read More »

***UPDATED*** Proposed Changes to Wisconsin's Open Records Law Hinder Public Access, Scrutiny of Government

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 3, 2015 12:06 PM
***UPDATED*** Proposed Changes to Wisconsin's Open Records Law Hinder Public Access, Scrutiny of Government

See MacIver and WILL's statement on the changes made to the open records law Read More »

Joint Finance Fixes Marriage Penalty, Federalizes AMT, and Adjusts Business Tax Credits

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 2, 2015 7:06 PM
Joint Finance Fixes Marriage Penalty, Federalizes AMT, and Adjusts Business Tax Credits

The Republican omnibus motion for state taxes was 14 pages long with 48 total changes. Included below is our first blush analysis of the tax changes. The net fiscal effect of all changes amounts to a small increase, spending $37.7 million but saving $37.2 million Read More »

Finance 999 Wrap-Up Motion Exempts Legislature From Open Records Law

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 2, 2015 5:27 PM
Finance 999 Wrap-Up Motion Exempts Legislature From Open Records Law

The Joint Finance Committee's wrap-up motion, known as the 999 motion, is 24 pages long and includes 67 different proposals. Read the entire proposal here. Read More »

Joint Finance Finishes Off Transportation, Taxes and Wrap-Up 999 Motion on Final Day

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 2, 2015 8:50 AM
Joint Finance Finishes Off Transportation, Taxes and Wrap-Up 999 Motion on Final Day

After weeks of waiting, the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) will complete their work on the 2015-17 budget today, filling in the details for transportation and taxes as well as passing the wrap-up 999 motion. The transportation budget will borrow $500 million instead of the $1.3 billion that Gov. Walker proposed, and another $350 million in bonding will be kept under the discretion of the Joint Committee on Finance for potential use on either major highway development or state highway rehabilitation projects throughout the state. Read More »

New Plans for Prevailing Wage Coming Out Daily

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted July 1, 2015 1:08 PM
New Plans for Prevailing Wage Coming Out Daily

"Full repeal for locals has always been my bottom line," Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) told the MacIver News Service after Caucus on Tuesday. "Robin Vos's plan is simply a non-starter. I think for the Senate in general." Read More »

Assembly Prevailing Wage Reform Plan Likely Dead

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted June 30, 2015 4:50 PM
Assembly Prevailing Wage Reform Plan Likely Dead

MacIver News Service - A day after Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) announced a plan to minimally reform the state's prevailing wage law, the MacIver Institute has learned that the plan likely will not go anywhere. Read More »

ANALYSIS: Assembly Unveils So-Called Prevailing Wage "Reform" Plan

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted June 29, 2015 6:22 PM
ANALYSIS: Assembly Unveils So-Called Prevailing Wage

On Monday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) unveiled a plan to reform the state's prevailing wage law, saying it was the only solution that could ultimately pass. However, the proposal falls far short of repealing the law - as some had hoped would happen. Also, the Senate is expected to announce its own plan, which would go much further. Read More »

Reaction To The King vs. Burwell Decision From The Supreme Court

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 25, 2015 3:38 PM
Reaction To The King vs. Burwell Decision From The Supreme Court

A sampling of today's reaction to the Supreme Court decision in the King vs. Burwell case Read More »

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