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EPA's Changes To Final Clean Power Plan Won't Help Wisconsin

The Obama Administration released its final form of the controversial Clean Power Plan on Monday, which will make each state submit plans for cutting its carbon emissions 32 percent by 2030. The original proposal would have required 30 percent emissions reductions and that states submit a plan to comply by September 2016. Full implementation would have been required by the states in 2020. The final plan increases the emissions reduction target but allows for up to a two-year extension for states to submit their plans and start full compliance. Read More »

Scott Walker's Budgets Buck Trend of Ever-Increasing Property Taxes

Chart of the Day - A few years ago in Wisconsin, it was almost always expected that property taxes would go up every year - you could say it was the norm. From 2006 to 2010, property taxes on the median-valued home in the state went up by $230. However, since Gov. Scott Walker took office in 2011, the trend of ever-increasing property taxes has essentially been reversed. Read More »

Millennials Tell Government to Back Off

The MacIver Institute held a forum in Pewaukee on Thursday night focusing on how government policies are hurting the Millennial Generation. The featured guest was Jared Meyer, who co-wrote the book Disinherited. At age 24, he's very familiar with the challenges facing this generation. Read More »

Medicare, Medicaid in Need of Major Reforms After 50 Years

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill into law that created the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs. While both started with good intent, the past 50 years have left the American public with two massive entitlements that are in dire need of reform. Read More »

Interest High In Open Government Following Open-Records-Gate

MacIver News Service - Attorney General Brad Schimel (R-Wisconsin) treaded carefully between suggesting changes to Wisconsin's open records law and not reigniting public outrage during his Open Government Summit at the Concourse Hotel in Madison on Wednesday. Read More »


EPA's Changes To Final Clean Power Plan Won't Help Wisconsin

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted August 4, 2015 3:00 AM
EPA's Changes To Final Clean Power Plan Won't Help Wisconsin

The Obama Administration released its final form of the controversial Clean Power Plan on Monday, which will make each state submit plans for cutting its carbon emissions 32 percent by 2030. The original proposal would have required 30 percent emissions reductions and that states submit a plan to comply by September 2016. Full implementation would have been required by the states in 2020. The final plan increases the emissions reduction target but allows for up to a two-year extension for states to submit their plans and start full compliance. Read More »

Scott Walker's Budgets Buck Trend of Ever-Increasing Property Taxes

Comments | Posted in Charts | By Nick Novak | Posted August 3, 2015 3:00 AM
Scott Walker's Budgets Buck Trend of Ever-Increasing Property Taxes

Chart of the Day - A few years ago in Wisconsin, it was almost always expected that property taxes would go up every year - you could say it was the norm. From 2006 to 2010, property taxes on the median-valued home in the state went up by $230. However, since Gov. Scott Walker took office in 2011, the trend of ever-increasing property taxes has essentially been reversed. Read More »

Millennials Tell Government to Back Off

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted July 31, 2015 12:07 PM

The MacIver Institute held a forum in Pewaukee on Thursday night focusing on how government policies are hurting the Millennial Generation. The featured guest was Jared Meyer, who co-wrote the book Disinherited. At age 24, he's very familiar with the challenges facing this generation. Read More »

Medicare, Medicaid in Need of Major Reforms After 50 Years

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 31, 2015 3:00 AM
Medicare, Medicaid in Need of Major Reforms After 50 Years

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill into law that created the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs. While both started with good intent, the past 50 years have left the American public with two massive entitlements that are in dire need of reform. Read More »

Interest High In Open Government Following Open-Records-Gate

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted July 30, 2015 4:36 AM

MacIver News Service - Attorney General Brad Schimel (R-Wisconsin) treaded carefully between suggesting changes to Wisconsin's open records law and not reigniting public outrage during his Open Government Summit at the Concourse Hotel in Madison on Wednesday. Read More »

Insulated GAB Chair Shows No Respect for the First Amendment

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 30, 2015 3:00 AM
Insulated GAB Chair Shows No Respect for the First Amendment

Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - Retired Judge Gerald Nichol, the chairman of the Government Accountability Board, has an interesting definition of accountability. On UpFront with Mike Gousha, the first question to Nichol was about the board's unaccountable structure. He disagreed by pointing out that the board is made up of appointed, retired judges. Read More »

MacIver President Brett Healy Joins Vicki McKenna to Discuss the Kennedy/Lerner Emails

Comments | Posted in Featured | By Nick Novak | Posted July 29, 2015 9:50 AM
MacIver President Brett Healy Joins Vicki McKenna to Discuss the Kennedy/Lerner Emails

Brett Healy, President of the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, joined Vicki McKenna on Tuesday July, 28 to discuss a recent MacIver story that uncovered emails between the GAB's Kevin Kennedy and Lois Lerner of the IRS. Read More »

Assembly Passes Bucks Arena Deal As Is

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted July 28, 2015 12:16 PM
Assembly Passes Bucks Arena Deal As Is

Debate lasted for about an hour. None of the floor speeches opposed the bill. Several lawmakers explained how they came to their decision to vote for it. Read More »

Property Tax Freeze Under New Budget Confirmed

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 28, 2015 9:52 AM
Property Tax Freeze Under New Budget Confirmed

MacIver News Service - Property taxpayers in Wisconsin will indeed receive a slight tax cut under the 2015-17 state budget, according to a new memo from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB). The decreases of $1 in 2015-16 and $2 in 2016-17 are not as large as the $7 and $3 decreases from Gov. Walker's original budget plan, but the LFB finds that property taxes will still be less than 2014-15 levels under the new budget. Read More »

Uncovered Emails Show Lois Lerner's Interest in Wisconsin Politics

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 27, 2015 2:48 PM
Uncovered Emails Show Lois Lerner's Interest in Wisconsin Politics

MacIver News Service - The day after Wisconsin Democrats failed to win back the Senate in the first round of recall elections, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner wanted to know what was going on in the state. Read More »

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