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In Case You Missed It: Wisconsin Is Well-Prepared To Handle A Recession, A Path To A Balanced Budget, And A Look Into Milwaukee’s Lead Pipe Problem

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 15:25
This week, reports indicate Wisconsin as well prepared to handle a recession; the Heritage Foundation outlines a path to a balanced budget; and the MacIver Institute takes a look at who is to blame for Milwaukee’s lead pipe problem. Before you enjoy a beautiful weekend on the lakes, here are some can’t miss articles for the fiscal conservative, in case you missed it.  Read More In Case You Missed It: Wisconsin Is Well-Prepared To Handle A Recession, A Path To A Balanced Budget, And A Look Into Milwaukee’s Lead Pipe Problem

Rep. Jim Steineke: A Pro-Kid Budget We All Can Get Behind

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 00:00
By Rep. Jim Steineke - Earlier this week, I joined together with my Republican colleagues to unveil an education spending plan that would provide predictable, sustainable, and supportive funding for schools in every corner of the state.   Read More Rep. Jim Steineke: A Pro-Kid Budget We All Can Get Behind

Joint Finance Committee Increases K-12 Spending by $500 Million

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 18:30
By Ola Lisowski - The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed its K-12 education budget today, spending $500 million more than current levels. The vote came after two and a half hours of debate.  Read More Joint Finance Committee Increases K-12 Spending by $500 Million

MacIver News Minute: Conservative Reforms Continue To Pay Dividends

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 18:07
Former Gov. Scott Walker called it “Reform Dividend.” Tax collections over the next three years are projected to come in $753 million higher than previously anticipated, compliments of eight years of conservative reforms. Tax and regulation relief spurred record low unemployment, business expansion, personal income growth - and all that means more money in the state treasury.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Conservative Reforms Continue To Pay Dividends

ChartSmart: K-12 Education Budget Basics, Student Achievement, and More

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - Welcome back to ChartSmart! Today, the Joint Finance Committee will be voting on K-12 education in the 2019-21 budget. Let's take a look at some graphics relating to K-12 education in Wisconsin.   Read More ChartSmart: K-12 Education Budget Basics, Student Achievement, and More

Report: Wisconsin ‘Stronger’ In Recession Preparedness

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - The people who love it will tell you Wisconsin is a great place to live, work and play. A new report by a leading credit rating company finds the Badger State also is a pretty good place to survive a recession.   Read More Report: Wisconsin ‘Stronger’ In Recession Preparedness

What Gov. Tony Evers Got Wrong in His K-12 Education Proposal

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - Gov. Tony Evers - once educator, then bureaucrat, and now Wisconsin’s governor - has dedicated his life to public education. His gubernatorial campaign largely centered around the question of equity and progress in K-12 education. Yet his 2019-21 budget proposal, up for a Thursday vote in the state’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC), would have turned back the clock on the very values he claims to hold dear.  Read More What Gov. Tony Evers Got Wrong in His K-12 Education Proposal

An Automatic Cause for Concern

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 00:00
Making voter registration essentially mandator isn’t just unnecessary; it’s also a potentially unconstitutional infringement on political speech. Just as one cannot be forced to adopt a particular political position, one cannot be forced to participate in the political process.  Read More An Automatic Cause for Concern

MacIver News Minute: Leftist Milwaukee Leaders Ignored Lead Pipe Problem For Decades

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:17
Milwaukee liberals have "lead" their constituents to believe that legislative Republicans are to blame for the city’s lead pipes problem. The fix to Milwaukee’s drinking water crisis, they insist, is more state taxpayer money. But liberals and socialists have controlled the city of Milwaukee for the better part of a century. And while Milwaukee’s citizens wait for clean drinking water, its mayor is fixated on an expensive streetcar.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Leftist Milwaukee Leaders Ignored Lead Pipe Problem For Decades

Milwaukee Tries To Pass The Buck On Lead Pipe Replacement

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:05
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos applauds the City of Madison for replacing all privately owned lead lateral pipes on its own, and wonders why City of Milwaukee needs a handout from state taxpayers to do the same.  Read More Milwaukee Tries To Pass The Buck On Lead Pipe Replacement

Who’s To Blame For The Failure To Fix Milwaukee’s Lead Problem? Look Left

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Five years after Flint, Mich., Milwaukee city officials are scurrying to catch up in the heat of public pressure, scandal, and increased scrutiny. Liberal city leaders, in control of Milwaukee for generations, could have done something a lot sooner.   Read More Who’s To Blame For The Failure To Fix Milwaukee’s Lead Problem? Look Left

In Case You Missed It: Washington Offers Public Option Healthcare Plan, Tariffs Threaten Farmers, and Retail Sales Decline

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 20:00
This week, states are wading into healthcare, tariffs continuing to harm farmers, and a nationwide decline in retail sales. Catch up on important articles for the fiscal conservative, in case you missed it.  Read More In Case You Missed It: Washington Offers Public Option Healthcare Plan, Tariffs Threaten Farmers, and Retail Sales Decline

It’s Still Working, Wisconsin! Good Fiscal News Another Reminder That Lowering Taxes Creates Economic Growth

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 01:00
A new Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo shows state tax collections over the next three years will come in $753 million higher than previously anticipated. It is yet another reminder that cutting taxes grows the economy and creates prosperity for all.  Read More It’s Still Working, Wisconsin! Good Fiscal News Another Reminder That Lowering Taxes Creates Economic Growth

MacIver News Minute: Quiet Changes Risk Opening Door To FoodShare Fraud

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 17:11
A few years ago, a state audit found alarming incidents of fraud in Wisconsin’s FoodShare program. Now, it looks like Gov. Tony Evers’ administration wants to open the door to a new wave of public assistance fraud by quietly changing the Residency Verification section of the state’s food stamp program. Under the new language, critics say bureaucrats will be looking for reasons to keep nonresidents in the FoodShare program rather than deny or terminate benefits.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Quiet Changes Risk Opening Door To FoodShare Fraud

Report: State Revenue Projections Grow By $750 million, Sign Of ‘Reform Dividend’

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 22:49
By M.D. Kittle and Chris Rochester - Scott Walker has been out of office for four-and-a-half months, but Wisconsin’s economy -- and the state's coffers -- continues to benefit from what the former Republican governor called the“Reform Dividend.”   Read More Report: State Revenue Projections Grow By $750 million, Sign Of ‘Reform Dividend’

Watch: Dem’s Bizarre Medicaid Expansion Argument

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 08:35
In committee Democrats argued the “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies”program, which is part of Gov. Evers' Medicaid expansion plan, is a reasonable alternative to the Republican pro-life bills. They didn't mention that the “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” program includes funding to planned parenthood.  Read More Watch: Dem’s Bizarre Medicaid Expansion Argument

Lifesaving

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 00:00
As the Assembly debates a “born-alive” bill, Dan O’Donnell wants to know when it became controversial to not kill newborn babies.  Read More Lifesaving

MacIver News Minute: Liberal Protester Follows, Harasses Republican Senator In Men’s Room

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:04
How far will the left go to confront and harass conservatives? To the men’s room, apparently. At last week’s meeting of the Legislature’s budget committee, an irate left-winger followed Sen. Tom Tiffany into the head and berated the Minocqua Republican while he was attending to some personal business. The left continues to take public policy opposition obnoxiously where no men and women have gone before.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Liberal Protester Follows, Harasses Republican Senator In Men’s Room

Kenosha Schools Kicks WEA Trust to the Curb

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 00:37
By Abby Streu - A recent decision by the Kenosha Unified School Board to change the district’s healthcare insurance provider is not boding well with the local teachers’ union, the Kenosha Education Association (KEA).  Read More Kenosha Schools Kicks WEA Trust to the Curb

‘Innovative Financing’ or Medicaid Bait-and-Switch? UW Health, State Scheme Raises Questions For Taxpayers 

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - It may be legal, but a federal funding transfer program that siphons more Medicaid money for University of Wisconsin Health and the state of Wisconsin looks a lot like a scam on taxpayers.  Read More ‘Innovative Financing’ or Medicaid Bait-and-Switch? UW Health, State Scheme Raises Questions For Taxpayers 

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