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Supreme Court Ruling Prompts New State Private Property Rights Bill

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted July 20, 2017 11:46 AM

MacIver News - A St. Croix County family owned two lots, side-by-side, and wanted to sell one of them. The county, the state, and the US Supreme Court all told them no. Because the two adjoining lots had the same owner, they were legally the same property according to state law. State lawmakers are now working to change that law. Read More »

Teacher Salary Doesn't Correlate with Student Performance

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 5, 2017 5:00 AM

It's been a few weeks since the Joint Committee on Finance has met to deliberate on the state budget, but that doesn't mean it's been quiet here in the state's Capitol. Transportation and taxes are still the big issues at play, but K-12 education isn't far behind. As we get into the final weeks of budget deliberations, things around here will be moving fast - that's why we're taking the time to bring you this important story today. Read More »

Budget Meetings Continue Behind Closed Doors

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted June 28, 2017 6:37 PM

MacIver News - Wisconsin Republicans met several times behind closed doors on Wednesday hoping to find a solution to wrap up the state budget, but there still didn't seem to be much consensus by the end of the day. In fact, word leaked out that the Assembly is considering a heavy wheel tax to increase transportation revenue, complicating an already contentious situation. MNS' Bill Osmulski has more. Read More »

Student Describes How UW attacks Free Speech on Campus

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 21, 2017 5:00 AM

A bill protecting free speech on UW campuses is scheduled to be debated on the Assembly floor today. The bill by Rep. Jesse Kremer, Assembly Bill 299, would subject protesters who impede the free speech rights of others to university sanctions. MacIver's own Jessica Murphy testified before the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities at a public hearing on May 11th. Read More »

Legislature Reaffirms Value of Employment Services for People with Disabilities

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 20, 2017 11:49 AM

[Madison, Wis...] Last week, the Legislature passed a resolution reaffirming the need and value of all employment services for people with disabilities. Advocates and employees of one employment service, Opportunities Inc. of Fort Atkinson, came to the Capitol to celebrate the recognition. Read More »

Puppets Mock Walker, Trump While Protesters Demand $15 Minimum Wage

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 14, 2017 1:30 PM

[Milwaukee, Wis...] While President Trump and Governor Scott Walker talked about apprenticeships and job creation yesterday, a crowd gathered in downtown Milwaukee to protest the President and demand a $15/hr minimum wage in Wisconsin. Read More »

Referendum Madness

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted June 14, 2017 5:55 AM

MacIver News - Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) has introduced 8 separate bills aimed at reining in referenda abuses. They would limit how when a referendum could be authorized and scheduled, require recurring referenda to be reauthorized every 5 years, and reduce a district's state aid based on increased revenue from successful referenda. Needless to say, school officials aren't happy about the package. Read More »

Vukmir Takes Bewley to Task for Saying School Choice Doesn't Matter

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 12, 2017 1:32 PM

[Madison, Wis...] After Sen. Janet Bewley said school choice "means nothing" to the people in her district, Sen. Leah Vukmir shot back - "Education affects everyone in this state. We need to support children in all of our school systems." Read More »

Personal Property Tax Holding Back Wisconsin Business

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted June 5, 2017 9:42 AM

MacIver News - State lawmakers are considering eliminating Wisconsin's personal property tax, and business owners gave them plenty of reasons why at a hearing on Thursday. They talked about how it discourages and prevents them from reinvesting in their businesses, and how that affects their communities. Here are some of the highlights. Read More »

Self-Insurance Savings Now Estimated at $103 Million

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 26, 2017 9:50 AM

MacIver News - Projected savings from adopting a self-insurance model for state employees' health insurance have grown to $103 million over the next budget, officials announced at the Capitol on Friday. Read More »

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