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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 »

Walker Resolute In Transportation Debate

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted May 25, 2017 3:41 PM

MacIver News - Governor Scott Walker isn't backing down on the transportation budget. He told reporters in Neenah on Thursday morning his budget means major projects stay on track, locals get more road and bridge aid, and bonding will be at a 16 year low. He said he will veto a gas tax or fee increase. Right now, his biggest concern is that the legislature could pull transportation out of the budget and pass it as separate legislation. MNS' Bill Osmulski has more. Read More »

Freedom of Speech Attacked, Defended During Public Hearing

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted May 15, 2017 9:33 AM

MacIver News - Conservative and Liberal students talked about the importance of free speech on campus. However, some students, like Savion Castro, also presented a unique interpretation of the First Amendment, where speech is considered a luxury and their right to not be offended takes precedence over other's constitutional rights. Read More »

Hundreds of Students Skip School for Communist Holiday

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted May 1, 2017 9:13 PM

MacIver News - Thousands of people joined Vocal De La Frontera for its May Day March to the courthouse in Milwaukee on Monday. The liberal group's student auxiliary, YES (Youth Empowered in the Struggle), led the march. Many are students from Horlick High School in Racine, who skipped school to participate in the traditionally communist holiday. It took four buses to get them all to Milwaukee. Most people left the event after it was interrupted by hail and heavy rains. Read More »

Trump Talk: Northwoods Patriots Celebrate Trump's First 100 Days

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted April 28, 2017 5:16 PM

MacIver Institute's M.D. Kittle talks to Northwoods Patriots founder Kim Simac about the group's rally scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Read More »

A Thousand Miles of Crumbling Roads in Milwaukee

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted April 27, 2017 6:10 AM

MacIver News - Milwaukee's roads are crumbling, and the city has no one to blame but itself. The city's budget clearly states, "Approximately 987 miles of city streets are not eligible for state and federal funding...", and the city is only spending $16 million to improve 30 miles of that this year. Read More »

Benny Hill Tribute Chase in Fitchburg

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted April 21, 2017 6:17 AM

#WISDOTwasted - The MacIver Institute's Tyler Brandt gets crossed-eyed while admiring Dane County's bike roundabout and finds himself in a Benny Hill tribute chase featuring Vicky McKenna and Bill Osmulski. It's just something to think about the next time you hit a pothole in the area. Read More »

How Much Local Road Repairs Cost

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted April 19, 2017 9:22 AM

#WISDOTwasted - Believe or not, a little goes a long way with road funding. We called cities throughout southern Wisconsin to see how much they typically pay for road maintenance. When it costs $27 to fix a pothole, $150,000 to repave a mile of residential street, and $1 million to completely reconstruct a mile of residential street - suddenly $200,000 to build a mile long bike path becomes a significant financial decision. Read More »

UW Platteville Students Welcome Tuition Cut Plan

View Comments Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted April 3, 2017 8:02 PM

MacIver News - The Joint Committee on Finance held its first public hearing for the budget at UW-Platteville on Monday and were told not to lower tuition at UW schools. Governor Walker proposed lowering tuition 5%, but many public officials, including UW-Platteville's chancellor, said it wouldn't help students much. The students on campus, however, tend to disagree. They told MNS' Bill Osmulski, $300 a year less for tuition would go a long way. Read More »

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 »

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