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And Darkness Descended Upon Wisconsin

by James Wigderson Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute Despite the light of the full moon, darkness descended upon Wisconsin's government. On Thursday night the Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee voted to gut Wisconsin's open records law. In... Read More »

Wisconsin's Open Record Law in Peril

MacIver News Service - Late Thursday night, right before a holiday weekend, the Joint Committee on Finance voted to effectively end Wisconsin's open records law, as one of the final actions it took on the state budget. Read More »

Joint Finance Fixes Marriage Penalty, Federalizes AMT, and Adjusts Business Tax Credits

The Republican omnibus motion for state taxes was 14 pages long with 48 total changes. Included below is our first blush analysis of the tax changes. The net fiscal effect of all changes amounts to a small increase, spending $37.7 million but saving $37.2 million Read More »

Finance 999 Wrap-Up Motion Exempts Legislature From Open Records Law

The Joint Finance Committee's wrap-up motion, known as the 999 motion, is 24 pages long and includes 67 different proposals. Read the entire proposal here. Read More »

Joint Finance Finishes Off Transportation, Taxes and Wrap-Up 999 Motion on Final Day

After weeks of waiting, the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) will complete their work on the 2015-17 budget today, filling in the details for transportation and taxes as well as passing the wrap-up 999 motion. The transportation budget will borrow $500 million instead of the $1.3 billion that Gov. Walker proposed, and another $350 million in bonding will be kept under the discretion of the Joint Committee on Finance for potential use on either major highway development or state highway rehabilitation projects throughout the state. Read More »


And Darkness Descended Upon Wisconsin

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 5, 2015 8:43 PM
And Darkness Descended Upon Wisconsin

by James Wigderson Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute Despite the light of the full moon, darkness descended upon Wisconsin's government. On Thursday night the Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee voted to gut Wisconsin's open records law. In... Read More »

***UPDATED*** Proposed Changes to Wisconsin's Open Records Law Hinder Public Access, Scrutiny of Government

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 3, 2015 12:06 PM
***UPDATED*** Proposed Changes to Wisconsin's Open Records Law Hinder Public Access, Scrutiny of Government

See MacIver and WILL's statement on the changes made to the open records law Read More »

Wisconsin's Open Record Law in Peril

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted July 3, 2015 12:43 AM

MacIver News Service - Late Thursday night, right before a holiday weekend, the Joint Committee on Finance voted to effectively end Wisconsin's open records law, as one of the final actions it took on the state budget. Read More »

Joint Finance Fixes Marriage Penalty, Federalizes AMT, and Adjusts Business Tax Credits

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 2, 2015 7:06 PM
Joint Finance Fixes Marriage Penalty, Federalizes AMT, and Adjusts Business Tax Credits

The Republican omnibus motion for state taxes was 14 pages long with 48 total changes. Included below is our first blush analysis of the tax changes. The net fiscal effect of all changes amounts to a small increase, spending $37.7 million but saving $37.2 million Read More »

Finance 999 Wrap-Up Motion Exempts Legislature From Open Records Law

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 2, 2015 5:27 PM
Finance 999 Wrap-Up Motion Exempts Legislature From Open Records Law

The Joint Finance Committee's wrap-up motion, known as the 999 motion, is 24 pages long and includes 67 different proposals. Read the entire proposal here. Read More »

Joint Finance Finishes Off Transportation, Taxes and Wrap-Up 999 Motion on Final Day

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 2, 2015 8:50 AM
Joint Finance Finishes Off Transportation, Taxes and Wrap-Up 999 Motion on Final Day

After weeks of waiting, the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) will complete their work on the 2015-17 budget today, filling in the details for transportation and taxes as well as passing the wrap-up 999 motion. The transportation budget will borrow $500 million instead of the $1.3 billion that Gov. Walker proposed, and another $350 million in bonding will be kept under the discretion of the Joint Committee on Finance for potential use on either major highway development or state highway rehabilitation projects throughout the state. Read More »

King v. Burwell Decision - A Blow to True Health Care Reform or Relief for Scott Walker?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 2, 2015 3:00 AM
King v. Burwell Decision - A Blow to True Health Care Reform or Relief for Scott Walker?

Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - Instead of a political debate, and a political process, causing a change to a post-Obamacare world, Americans were given a Supreme Court decision that undermined the legitimacy of the court. The court has now become a political body rewriting the law, even ignoring the plain meaning of the law, for the sake of convenience. Read More »

Republican Leadership Announces Way Forward on Prevailing Wage

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted July 1, 2015 2:23 PM

[Madison, Wisc...] The Assembly will take the lead on addressing Wisconsin's prevailing wage law when a bill for full repeal hits the floor next week, according to Speaker Robin Vos at a press conference Wednesday morning. The Senate will then debate whatever the Assembly passes. MNS' Bill Osmulski explains some of the factors that could continue to influence the final outcome. Read More »

New Plans for Prevailing Wage Coming Out Daily

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted July 1, 2015 1:08 PM
New Plans for Prevailing Wage Coming Out Daily

"Full repeal for locals has always been my bottom line," Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) told the MacIver News Service after Caucus on Tuesday. "Robin Vos's plan is simply a non-starter. I think for the Senate in general." Read More »

Assembly Prevailing Wage Reform Plan Likely Dead

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted June 30, 2015 4:50 PM
Assembly Prevailing Wage Reform Plan Likely Dead

MacIver News Service - A day after Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) announced a plan to minimally reform the state's prevailing wage law, the MacIver Institute has learned that the plan likely will not go anywhere. Read More »

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