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Above the Law?

11 hours 5 min ago
Dan O’Donnell dives into the battle over voter registration and discovers that the Wisconsin Election Commission quite literally believes that the law doesn’t apply to it.  Read More Above the Law?

As K12 Education Funding Jumps Dramatically, Still Just 54% of Funding Spent On Instruction

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 00:00
Ola Lisowski returns to analyze school spending in Wisconsin: although school spending keeps going up, the 2017-18 data show money towards the classroom is going down.   Read More As K12 Education Funding Jumps Dramatically, Still Just 54% of Funding Spent On Instruction

Analysis: Gov. Evers’ Missed Opportunities In His State Of The State Address

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 14:25
Gov. Evers' had a golden opportunity to rise above partisan politics and to lay out his vision for Wisconsin. Our full analysis of the speech reveals how he let that slip away by what he chose to say, and almost more importantly, what he left out.  Read More Analysis: Gov. Evers’ Missed Opportunities In His State Of The State Address

Read: Gov. Evers’ 2020 State Of The State Speech

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:51
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers will today deliver his 2020 State of the State Address. Here are Gov. Evers’ remarks as prepared for delivery: Honorable Supreme Court Justices, tribal nation leaders, Constitutional Officers, members of the Wisconsin National Guard and active and retired members of our armed forces, cabinet members, Senate President Roth, Majority Leader …

Gov. Evers’ Sets Off Constitutional Showdown During State Of The State

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:44
Gov. Evers initiated a constitutional showdown with the state legislature Wednesday night by announcing his decision to take charge of the redistricting process via executive fiat.  Read More Gov. Evers’ Sets Off Constitutional Showdown During State Of The State

The Weaponization of Impeachment

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 00:00
Perspective piece by Dan O’Donnell, who takes issue with the crass politicization and weaponization of the modern impeachment process.  Read More The Weaponization of Impeachment

Five Bills To Watch At The End Of The Session That Could Raise Property Taxes

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 11:09
On one hand Republican state lawmakers want to use the state's anticipated revenue surplus to provide some local property tax relief. On the other hand, several bills are working their way through the Capitol that could have the opposite effect on local property taxes. The following five bills have the potential to lead to higher local property taxes throughout the state.  Read More Five Bills To Watch At The End Of The Session That Could Raise Property Taxes

MacIver Newsmakers: Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants President Eric Elliot

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 07:53
WAPA President Eric Elliot testified in the Wisconsin Senate on Jan. 15 about a bill that would make it easier for PAs to practice medicine in the state. WAPA wants the state to put as much trust in PAs as it does with NPs.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers: Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants President Eric Elliot

Trump’s Trade Deal is a Necessary Win for The USA and China

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 00:00
Jan. 20, 2020 Special Guest Perspective by Van Mobley Trump’s Trade Deal with China helps put the USA back on the road to power and plenty in the 21st century – without denying China an opportunity to realize its own potential.  As such it represents a remarkable feat of statesmanship for both President Trump and President …

Pictures And Video From The Trump Rally In Milwaukee And Anti-Trump Protest At Red Arrow Park

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 13:16
12,000 people filled UWM Panther Arena in Milwaukee on Tuesday, Jan. 14th. Here are some of the highlights MacIver News captured on camera.  Read More Pictures And Video From The Trump Rally In Milwaukee And Anti-Trump Protest At Red Arrow Park

Crisis Management

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 08:48
By Dan O'Donnell - Three appellate judges gave tacit approval to the concept that an agency in Wisconsin’s Executive Branch doesn’t really need to follow the laws passed by the Legislature or the rulings issued by the judiciary. This is the dictionary definition of a constitutional crisis, yet no one seems overly concerned about a rogue state agency…least of all those who professed deep concern about a rogue White House.  Read More Crisis Management

State Struggles to Shield Voters from School Referendum Consequences

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 12:34
Watch - Every year the State of Wisconsin spends around a billion dollars to buy down school property taxes. There are a lot of concerns about that practice, especially since voters keep consciously deciding to raise their own taxes by approving school referendums.  Read More State Struggles to Shield Voters from School Referendum Consequences

Evers Opens Up Transportation Grant Fund To Non-Road Projects And The Requests Flood In

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 15:03
Wisconsin’s Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP) becomes a free-for-all cash grab, following Gov. Evers’ decision to open it up to non-road project requests.  Read More Evers Opens Up Transportation Grant Fund To Non-Road Projects And The Requests Flood In

Gov Evers’ Failed Attempt to Hike Property Taxes

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 00:17
Watch - Buried in Gov. Evers' budget proposal last year was an item that would have set the minimum tax levy increase at 2 percent every year for all municipalities and counties in Wisconsin.  Read More Gov Evers’ Failed Attempt to Hike Property Taxes

Gov. Evers’ FOX 11 interview conflicts with his legal arguments in MacIver’s press access case

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 08:59
In an interview that aired on FOX 11 this past Sunday, January 5, Gov. Evers made statements about the lawsuit that run contrary to the arguments being made by his own attorneys in the case.  Read More Gov. Evers’ FOX 11 interview conflicts with his legal arguments in MacIver’s press access case

Governor Evers’ Year of Meh

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 04:00
Dan O’Donnell reflects on Governor Evers’ first year in office and, well, uhhh, there isn’t a whole lot to reflect on.  Read More Governor Evers’ Year of Meh

Why Property Taxes Always Go Up In Wisconsin

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 00:00
Watch - Find out all the sneaky reasons why your property tax bill goes up every year. There's a lot more at play than just school referendums.  Read More Why Property Taxes Always Go Up In Wisconsin

MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Stroebel Takes On TIF Incentives

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 00:00
Listen - TIF districts have a free hand in Wisconsin to spend money on projects and incentives supposedly to spur economic growth. Oftentimes that means handing tax-funded cash incentives directly to developers. Sen. Stroebel says it's time to curb that practice - and the entrenched special interests will do anything to stop him.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Stroebel Takes On TIF Incentives

The Best Schools in Wisconsin

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:34
By Ola Lisowski - What do Wisconsin’s best schools have in common, and how do they differ? A closer look into state report cards can tell us.  Read More The Best Schools in Wisconsin

MacIver News Minute: Roaring Into The 20s With The Trump Economy

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 00:57
Listen - As 2019 comes to a close, the MacIver News Service takes a moment to reflect on the booming Trump economy and the impact it has had on the lives of most American workers.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Roaring Into The 20s With The Trump Economy

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