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National Group Gives Wisconsin's K-12 Education a "D+" When it Comes to Empowering, Spending Wisely

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Policy Staff | Posted January 21, 2014 11:00 AM
National Group Gives Wisconsin's K-12 Education a

Are children in Wisconsin attending schools that barely qualify as passing? That's the theory that StudentsFirst, a national group led by former Chancellor of Washington D.C. Public Schools Michelle Rhee, put forth last week. Wisconsin earned a "D+" grade in state education policy from the institute in their inaugural State Policy Report Card. Read More »

Winners and Losers: The Impact of Government Incentives

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted January 16, 2014 3:00 AM
Winners and Losers: The Impact of Government Incentives

The term, "picking winners and losers," gets thrown around a lot in the political world. The government does this each and every day with tax credits for new jobs created, subsidies to boost the price of a firm's product, or even taxpayer-funded grants to build a new company headquarters. This report will review data from across the country that show government incentives are poor economic policy that create an unequal playing field for job creators nationwide. Read More »

MacIver Report: Increasing Minimum Wage Hurts Teens

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted January 10, 2014 8:53 AM
MacIver Report: Increasing Minimum Wage Hurts Teens

Calls for an increase in the minimum wage would not help low skill workers and would have a devastating impact on teen employment, according to the MacIver Institute. Read More »

MI Report: Union Premium Costs Wisconsin Taxpayers Up To $540 Million a Year

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted December 10, 2013 6:00 AM
MI Report: Union Premium Costs Wisconsin Taxpayers Up To $540 Million a Year

Wisconsin's public employees in unions make 7.8 percent more in salary than their non-union colleagues and 7.9 percent more when benefits are included. This is referred to as a "union premium." Wisconsin's premium is greater than the national average of 6.8 percent and 7.4 percent respectively. Read More »

Milwaukee Ranks Second-to-Last Amongst Major Districts Where Funding Follows the Student

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted December 6, 2013 1:45 PM
Milwaukee Ranks Second-to-Last Amongst Major Districts Where Funding Follows the Student

Even when the funding follows the child, Milwaukee's public schools are barely treading water compared to national counterparts. When it comes to districts that base their funding on individual students and their characteristics, Wisconsin's largest district proved to only be better than Baltimore when it came to educational outcomes. Read More »

U.S. Students Trail Worldwide Average in Math and Science

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted December 5, 2013 8:30 AM
U.S. Students Trail Worldwide Average in Math and Science

The latest results of the PISA - Program for International Student Assessment - tests are in, and the United States can't call its students a worldwide leader by any stretch. American 15-year olds scored below the worldwide average in math and science proficiency in 2012. Read More »

Wisconsin Ranks 5th in Nation for Real Private Sector Jobs as Percentage of Total Jobs

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted November 26, 2013 11:46 AM
Wisconsin Ranks 5th in Nation for Real Private Sector Jobs as Percentage of Total Jobs

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's labor market relies heavily on the private sector, especially when compared to other states, according to a new report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. According to the study, 84.1 percent of the labor market in Wisconsin is created by real private sector jobs. Read More »

America's Students Improve, Wisconsin Sees Little to No Growth

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted November 7, 2013 1:40 PM
America's Students Improve, Wisconsin Sees Little to No Growth

America's students made progress as a whole over the past two years in fourth and eighth grade reading and math. Unfortunately, that growth didn't apply to Wisconsin's public school students. The Badger State duplicated its grades in fourth grade reading and math as well as eighth grade math while the national average grew, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education. Read More »

MacIver Analysis Finds Holes in Citizen Action's Misleading Report

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted October 30, 2013 3:00 AM
MacIver Analysis Finds Holes in Citizen Action's Misleading Report

Citizen Action of Wisconsin seems to have cherry-picked data and overlooked major factors while laying out its argument that Minnesota has lower health insurance premiums than Wisconsin because of certain policy decisions each state made. An analysis by the MacIver Institute has found many holes in Citizen Action's report, including many instances of inaccurate and incomplete data. Read More »

Wisconsin Health Care Rates Spike under Obamacare, Hit Young Individuals Hardest

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted October 25, 2013 3:00 AM
Wisconsin Health Care Rates Spike under Obamacare, Hit Young Individuals Hardest

MacIver News Service - Health care rates could increase by as much as 102 percent in Wisconsin under Obamacare according to an analysis released by the MacIver Institute on Friday. The free-market think tank compared the rates on the exchange to what people can find on the current private sector market. Read More »

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