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Hidden Valley Can't Hide WISDOT Waste

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted March 29, 2017 5:00 AM

MacIver News - Sen. Marklein recently published an editorial in his local paper about excessive overhead costs in local transportation projects. MNS' Bill Osmulski set out to find one of his examples in a secluded valley in the Town of Sylvan. What he found might surprise you. Read More »

Road Builders Could Soon Also Become Road Designers In Wisconsin

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted March 28, 2017 4:30 AM

MacIver News - When a road project is planned in Wisconsin, the company that designs it is not always the company that will build it. Governor Walker is proposing changing that model in the next state budget, hoping it will lead to more innovation and efficiency in future road designs. Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls says it would be a big improvement from our current system. Read More »

Liberal Protester Takes Transgender Activist To Court For Harassment

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted March 10, 2017 5:00 AM

MacIver News Service - Thistle Pettersen is not afraid to publicly question "gender identity" policies and politics - but it's come at a cost. Transgender activists in Madison have been conducting campaigns to get Thistle fired from her day job and music gigs. She was even banned from performing at one event she organized herself. Thistle says she's also been the victim of constant online bullying. Read More »

Project Labor Agreement Reform Passes Assembly

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 10, 2017 4:30 AM

MacIver News Service - On Thursday, the Wisconsin Assembly debated and passed a bill that would reform how governments can use Project Labor Agreements. PLAs stipulate that only union firms can bid on a project, and many units of government require them - shutting out non-union shops.

The reform bill prohibits a government from requiring a PLA as a condition to bid on a taxpayer funded project. Read More »

Wisconsin Manufacturing Now Envy Of Nation

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted March 2, 2017 4:23 PM

"When I talk to manufacturers all across the country and I talk about the different states and what they're doing, number one on the list is always Wisconsin in a very favorable way. You've got a great focus on taxes and regulation. But more important you have people who really care about manufacturing, who want to work in manufacturing, who want to be a part of the manufacturing workforce. It's a really positive message you have. And I have to tell you, it's spreading far and wide," ay Timmons, National Association of Manufacturers President, told MacIver News Service. Read More »

Madison Middle Schoolers Explore Very Adult Themes in Class (Warning: Explicit Material)

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted February 28, 2017 5:05 AM

In the school library at O'Keefe Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin, an eighth-grader is presenting her homework assignment to the class. "When people started calling us 'lesbians' that kind of sank her. Just a little more weight on top of her shoulders. It scared me that some nights I wouldn't be there to hold her," the girl recited. Read More »

Lawmakers Consider How To Get DOT In Line

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted February 21, 2017 5:06 PM

The auditors told the committee about the trouble they encountered collecting basic information from the DOT. The department new secretary, Dave Ross, told the committee things were already changing under his management. Read More »

The Governor and the Speaker

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted February 9, 2017 1:46 PM

[Madison, Wisc...] The most serious opposition to Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal won't come from Democrats. Instead, it's fellow Republican, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who has probably been the most outspoken critic of Walker's budget when it comes to specifics. Read More »

**PROFANITY WARNING** Transgender Protest Crashes Insurance Board Meeting

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted February 9, 2017 5:00 AM

Unhappy with the Group Insurance Board's recent decision to stop covering hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgeries for state employees, one protester thought the board's meeting this morning was the right time to launch a profanity-riddled protest. Read More »

Walker Presents "Reform Dividend" Budget That Hikes Spending, Slashes Taxes

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted February 8, 2017 9:17 PM

After spending weeks rolling out aspects of his 2017-19 budget proposal, Governor Scott Walker delivered his budget address today in front of a joint session of the state legislature. Walker said his budget, which increases spending in a number of key areas and reduces taxes, is made possible by an improving economy and prudent fiscal management - which he calls the "Reform Dividend." Read More »

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