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Why Free Trade with Mexico is Bringing Wisconsin Unprecedented Economic Growth

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 1, 2017 5:00 AM
Why Free Trade with Mexico is Bringing Wisconsin Unprecedented Economic Growth

By Matt Tragesser - This past June, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch traveled south of the border to strengthen the economic relationship between Wisconsin and Mexico, a growing interest the Badger State has had for the last 20 years. Read More »

Wisconsin's Three Billion Dollar Liability of Unused Sick Leave

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 18, 2017 9:08 AM
Wisconsin's Three Billion Dollar Liability of Unused Sick Leave

By Matt Tragesser - By allowing state employees to bank their unused sick leave for use in retirement, the state of Wisconsin is currently facing a $3 billion unfunded liability that's only going to grow as employees accumulate more sick leave and lawmakers fail to take action. Read More »

A Glide Path to a 3 Percent Flat Income Tax

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted January 26, 2017 4:28 PM
A Glide Path to a 3 Percent Flat Income Tax

A MacIver Institute Report - While significant progress has been made in making Wisconsin more taxpayer friendly, it is time to think about the next big and bold reform. This report lays out a systematic glide path to a 3 percent flat income tax rate, a reform that will transform our state and make Wisconsin an economic powerhouse for generations to come. Read More »

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 »

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