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Sticker Shock: $51,000 A Year For Affordable Health Care??!!

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted November 17, 2016 9:43 AM
Sticker Shock: $51,000 A Year For Affordable Health Care??!!

By Chris Rochester - Obamacare's open enrollment period for 2017 is now underway - and many customers are finding double digit premium increases. In this report, we summarize our findings about 2017 Obamacare premiums around Wisconsin. Read More »

New School Data: Six out of Ten Wisconsin Students Below Grade Level

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted October 18, 2016 6:15 PM
New School Data: Six out of Ten Wisconsin Students Below Grade Level

By Research Associate Ola Lisowski - Less than half of Wisconsin's public school students are performing at grade level, according to a new dataset released by the Department of Public Instruction. Statewide, 42.5 percent of students were proficient in English on the Forward Exam, administered in spring 2016 to 3-8th graders. In math, 42.3 percent of students were proficient, and in social studies, 49.7 percent of students were proficient. Read More »

Is High School Education in Wisconsin Failing?

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted October 4, 2016 12:00 PM
Is High School Education in Wisconsin Failing?

By MacIver Institute President Brett Healy - A new report on the size and scope of the remedial education problem in Wisconsin shows that 175 high schools in Wisconsin had six or more 2015 graduates who needed remedial help in math or English as freshmen at the University of Wisconsin System. Read More »

Estimate Shows Nearly $5 Billion in Tax Relief for Wisconsinites Over Past Six Years

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 30, 2016 3:30 PM
Estimate Shows Nearly $5 Billion in Tax Relief for Wisconsinites Over Past Six Years

Wisconsinites have witnessed a nearly $5 billion total reduction in taxes since Gov. Walker took office, according to a Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) memo requested by Sen. Scott Fitzgerald. We outline the memo and provide it to the public here. Read More »

Study: Renewable Energy Mandates Come Up Short On Economic Promises

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 7, 2016 6:32 PM
Study: Renewable Energy Mandates Come Up Short On Economic Promises

Do renewable energy mandates foster new industry and create waves of high-tech jobs, as many advocates claim? New research debunks this claim, indicating that the mandate's costs far outweigh its benefits. Read More »

Empirical Studies on School Choice Overwhelmingly Find Positive Effects, Review Shows

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 31, 2016 2:45 PM
Empirical Studies on School Choice Overwhelmingly Find Positive Effects, Review Shows

MacIver News Service - A review of 100 empirical studies on school choice has shown that the overwhelming majority of studies find positive effects on students, schools, and community culture. Of the 100 studies examined, 87 found positive effects, 10 found no visible effect, and three found a negative effect. Read More »

Is Vote Fraud Real? MacIver Takes A Deeper Dive Into Real-World Cases

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 17, 2016 5:14 PM
Is Vote Fraud Real? MacIver Takes A Deeper Dive Into Real-World Cases

While vote fraud is extremely difficult to identify and prosecute, various organizations including the MacIver Institute have put together lists of cases that likely are just the tip of the iceberg. Check out some Wisconsin cases of vote fraud here. Read More »

High School Seniors Scored Lower in Math, Stagnant in Reading Compared to 2013, National Study Finds

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 5, 2016 2:50 PM
High School Seniors Scored Lower in Math, Stagnant in Reading Compared to 2013, National Study Finds

High school seniors across the country are scoring worse at math and not improving at reading, a new report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows. The data also shows students in private Catholic schools outperformed their public school peers. The new dataset draws from the test results of 31,900 high school seniors who took the exam in 2015. Read More »

Wisconsin Graduation Rate Declines, Achievement Gap Worsens

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 5, 2016 2:46 PM
Wisconsin Graduation Rate Declines, Achievement Gap Worsens

New data from the state Department of Public Instruction shows a slight dip in the four-year graduation rate of Wisconsin high schoolers, the first decline since 2010. The data also shows a widening of the achievement gap between white and African American students, a persistent problem for Wisconsin, which led the nation in that troubling statistic. Read More »

17-Year-Olds in Adult Court: Is There a Better Alternative for Wisconsin's Youth and Taxpayers?

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By The MacIver Institute | Posted March 1, 2016 12:15 PM
17-Year-Olds in Adult Court: Is There a Better Alternative for Wisconsin's Youth and Taxpayers?

In Wisconsin, 17-year-olds are three times more likely to return to prison if they originally go through the adult system rather than the juvenile system. As taxpayer advocates, we must question whether continually spending more money on a government program without analyzing the effectiveness or outcomes is a fiscally prudent or a just policy. Read More »

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