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In Second Year of UW Budget Cuts, Students Still Struggling to Cope [Sarcasm Alert]

More than a year after Gov. Scott Walker signed the 2015-2017 state budget, which cut a total of $250 million from the UW System over two years, the MacIver Institute has once again investigated the plight of UW-Madison and its students inflicted by the devastating cuts. Beware: this video contains intense sarcasm. Read More »

A Day at Fighting Bob: The Progressives' Nirvana

Here in the People's Republic of Madison, the end of summer means something in particular for many inhabitants: Fighting Bob Fest, or as we like to call it, the Progressives' Nirvana. Every year, the Progressive magazine and the Cap Times unite to put on a day of appreciation for all things solar, socialist, and slightly insane. Read More »

In a Changing World, Education Should be Centered on the Individual, not the Building

By MacIver Institute Research Associate Ola Lisowski - As a lifelong public school attendee who began her education in the Chicago Public School system, I'm not the most obvious choice for a defender of, well, educational choice. Even when I crossed the state border to become a badger or international borders to pursue a graduate degree, I have always attended public schools. Read More »

Bureaucrats' Outrageous Request Reveals Absurdity of Minimum Markup Law

By Chris Rochester - An exchange of letters between attorneys representing a retailer and bureaucrats at the state agency responsible for enforcing Wisconsin's antiquated Unfair Sales Act - also called the minimum markup law - reveal the complete absurdity of the Depression-era law. Read More »

UPDATED: Under DOT Budget Request, Local Governments Receive Dramatic Increase in Transportation Aid

MacIver News Service - Local governments will receive a dramatic increase in state transportation aid in the coming budget, according to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) 2017-19 budget request. Funding for local governments is expected to be higher than 2011 levels while certain projects in southeast Wisconsin will be delayed. After a long summer of speculation on the issue, there will be no gas tax or registration fee increase. Read More »


In Second Year of UW Budget Cuts, Students Still Struggling to Cope [Sarcasm Alert]

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 26, 2016 12:22 PM

More than a year after Gov. Scott Walker signed the 2015-2017 state budget, which cut a total of $250 million from the UW System over two years, the MacIver Institute has once again investigated the plight of UW-Madison and its students inflicted by the devastating cuts. Beware: this video contains intense sarcasm. Read More »

A Day at Fighting Bob: The Progressives' Nirvana

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 21, 2016 3:19 PM
A Day at Fighting Bob: The Progressives' Nirvana

Here in the People's Republic of Madison, the end of summer means something in particular for many inhabitants: Fighting Bob Fest, or as we like to call it, the Progressives' Nirvana. Every year, the Progressive magazine and the Cap Times unite to put on a day of appreciation for all things solar, socialist, and slightly insane. Read More »

In a Changing World, Education Should be Centered on the Individual, not the Building

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 21, 2016 8:42 AM
In a Changing World, Education Should be Centered on the Individual, not the Building

By MacIver Institute Research Associate Ola Lisowski - As a lifelong public school attendee who began her education in the Chicago Public School system, I'm not the most obvious choice for a defender of, well, educational choice. Even when I crossed the state border to become a badger or international borders to pursue a graduate degree, I have always attended public schools. Read More »

Bureaucrats' Outrageous Request Reveals Absurdity of Minimum Markup Law

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 19, 2016 5:00 AM
Bureaucrats' Outrageous Request Reveals Absurdity of Minimum Markup Law

By Chris Rochester - An exchange of letters between attorneys representing a retailer and bureaucrats at the state agency responsible for enforcing Wisconsin's antiquated Unfair Sales Act - also called the minimum markup law - reveal the complete absurdity of the Depression-era law. Read More »

UPDATED: Under DOT Budget Request, Local Governments Receive Dramatic Increase in Transportation Aid

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 14, 2016 4:52 PM
UPDATED: Under DOT Budget Request, Local Governments Receive Dramatic Increase in Transportation Aid

MacIver News Service - Local governments will receive a dramatic increase in state transportation aid in the coming budget, according to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) 2017-19 budget request. Funding for local governments is expected to be higher than 2011 levels while certain projects in southeast Wisconsin will be delayed. After a long summer of speculation on the issue, there will be no gas tax or registration fee increase. Read More »

Sen. Darling: Why Won't Milwaukee's Leaders Stand Up for Kids?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 12, 2016 10:17 AM
Sen. Darling: Why Won't Milwaukee's Leaders Stand Up for Kids?

Special Guest Perspective by Senator Alberta Darling - Thousands of kids remain trapped in failing Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) while the city's leaders continue to ignore the problem. There are more students in failing schools in MPS than the entire population of the city of Stevens Point. Read More »

Obama and the True Measure of Progressivism

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 12, 2016 5:34 AM
Obama and the True Measure of Progressivism

Speaker Paul Ryan on President Obama's true legacy... Read More »

Wisconsin Drivers Are Taxpayers, Wisconsin Taxpayers are Overtaxed

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 9, 2016 12:29 PM
Wisconsin Drivers Are Taxpayers, Wisconsin Taxpayers are Overtaxed

Special guest perspective by Senator Duey Stroebel - With Wisconsin's overall tax burden still in the top ten, this is no time to be campaigning for higher taxes. Even though Wisconsin's gas tax is among the highest in the nation, those advocating for a tax increase claim that Wisconsin drivers pay less to operate a vehicle than in other states. Read More »

What Did Dane County Employees Learn at the Implicit Bias Conference?

Comments | Posted in mi investigations | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 8, 2016 5:00 AM
What Did Dane County Employees Learn at the Implicit Bias Conference?

A MacIver Investigation - As the MacIver Institute recently reported, Dane County sent 200 of its judiciary and law enforcement employees to a day-long "implicit bias" conference in April to address racial bias in the criminal justice system. In this report, we look at what staff in attendance learned and what they thought about it. Read More »

Walker Proposes Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday for Next Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 7, 2016 1:14 PM
Walker Proposes Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday for Next Budget

MacIver News Service - Governor Walker proposed lifting the state's 5 percent sales tax on certain back-to-school items as part of his 2017-2019 budget during a press conference in Green Bay on Wednesday morning. Read More »

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