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Stewardship Saved, UW Tamed At Joint Finance

MacIver Institute Budget Blog - The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) prevented the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program from being temporarily frozen Friday by granting just over $33 million in borrowing authority each year until 2020. The program, which contributes to land purchases for conservation throughout the state, would have been allowed bonding authority of $54.5 million next year and $50 million in fiscal year (FY) 2017. Read More »

Joint Finance to Vote on UW, DNR Funding with Two Omnibus Motions

MacIver News Service - The Joint Committee on Finance plans to vote on budget items for the University of Wisconsin System and the Department of Natural Resources. Two omnibus motions were released on Friday afternoon that make changes to Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget. PDF copies of the motions are available here. Read More »

Former Republican Senate Candidate Makes Outlandish Claims About Prevailing Wage

Republican legislators received a letter on Tuesday opposing the repeal of prevailing wage that made some pretty outlandish claims. While the over-the-top rhetoric in the letter may not have been surprising to those that have lived in Wisconsin the last five years, the author of the letter who made the claims may turn more than a few heads. Read More »

Gov. Scott Walker Prefers Full Repeal of Prevailing Wage Over Just Reform

[Portage, Wisc...] A day after the Assembly Committee on Labor approved a bill that would fully repeal the state's prevailing wage law, Gov. Scott Walker told reporters he would prefer repeal over simply reforming the law. His comments differ from Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) who said only reform is possible. Read More »

Democrats Fight Possibility of "Guest Workers" in Wisconsin

MacIver News Service - Democrats on the committee are opposed to the bill and cited many reasons throughout of the day for their opposition. One of the more notable reasons involved a desire to prevent out-of-state contractors and "guest workers" from working on public works projects in Wisconsin. Read More »


Stewardship Saved, UW Tamed At Joint Finance

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted May 29, 2015 7:35 PM
Stewardship Saved, UW Tamed At Joint Finance

MacIver Institute Budget Blog - The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) prevented the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program from being temporarily frozen Friday by granting just over $33 million in borrowing authority each year until 2020. The program, which contributes to land purchases for conservation throughout the state, would have been allowed bonding authority of $54.5 million next year and $50 million in fiscal year (FY) 2017. Read More »

Joint Finance to Vote on UW, DNR Funding with Two Omnibus Motions

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 29, 2015 1:14 PM
Joint Finance to Vote on UW, DNR Funding with Two Omnibus Motions

MacIver News Service - The Joint Committee on Finance plans to vote on budget items for the University of Wisconsin System and the Department of Natural Resources. Two omnibus motions were released on Friday afternoon that make changes to Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget. PDF copies of the motions are available here. Read More »

Former Republican Senate Candidate Makes Outlandish Claims About Prevailing Wage

Comments | Posted in mi investigations | By Nick Novak | Posted May 29, 2015 2:00 AM
Former Republican Senate Candidate Makes Outlandish Claims About Prevailing Wage

Republican legislators received a letter on Tuesday opposing the repeal of prevailing wage that made some pretty outlandish claims. While the over-the-top rhetoric in the letter may not have been surprising to those that have lived in Wisconsin the last five years, the author of the letter who made the claims may turn more than a few heads. Read More »

Long Term Care Will Be Statewide, Yet Local Under Joint Finance Plan

Comments | By Matt Crumb | Posted May 28, 2015 4:26 PM
Long Term Care Will Be Statewide, Yet Local Under Joint Finance Plan

MacIver Institute Budget Blog - To Republicans, it's the best of both worlds. To Democrats, it's the end of the world. The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) approved a hybrid plan for Wisconsin's long term care system on Wednesday that would adopt many of the reforms Gov. Walker is seeking, but keep in place a number of existing services. Read More »

Gov. Scott Walker Prefers Full Repeal of Prevailing Wage Over Just Reform

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted May 28, 2015 11:48 AM

[Portage, Wisc...] A day after the Assembly Committee on Labor approved a bill that would fully repeal the state's prevailing wage law, Gov. Scott Walker told reporters he would prefer repeal over simply reforming the law. His comments differ from Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) who said only reform is possible. Read More »

Democrats Fight Possibility of "Guest Workers" in Wisconsin

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted May 28, 2015 3:00 AM

MacIver News Service - Democrats on the committee are opposed to the bill and cited many reasons throughout of the day for their opposition. One of the more notable reasons involved a desire to prevent out-of-state contractors and "guest workers" from working on public works projects in Wisconsin. Read More »

Assembly Committee Approves Prevailing Wage Repeal, But Future Uncertain

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 27, 2015 8:56 PM
Assembly Committee Approves Prevailing Wage Repeal, But Future Uncertain

MacIver News Service - The Assembly Committee on Labor approved a bill on Wednesday that would fully repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage law on a 5-4 vote. However, shortly after the vote, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) told reporters the bill would not make it to the floor and likely would not be included in the budget. Read More »

Wisconsin's Prevailing Wage Nightmare

Comments | Posted in mi reports | By Nick Novak | Posted May 27, 2015 8:47 AM
Wisconsin's Prevailing Wage Nightmare

Prevailing Wage Law required workers to be paid $45 dollars/hour as ceramic tilers, double the original rate. Problem is the project did not include any ceramic tiles. Read More »

How DOT Wasted $3.6 Million but Continues Crying Poverty

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted May 27, 2015 3:00 AM

MacIver News Service - According to state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-West Allis), DOT wasted $3.6 million in his district to build a pedestrian bridge just two blocks from an existing bridge with sidewalks. It takes just two-and-a-half minutes to walk from one bridge to the other, but DOT felt they should spend millions of dollars for the new bridge. Read More »

Time to End Wisconsin's Stewardship Program?

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 27, 2015 2:00 AM
Time to End Wisconsin's Stewardship Program?

MacIver News Service - The Stewardship program borrows money to purchase land around Wisconsin for conservation and other public use, however debt service payments have neared $90 million in the last year. Read More »

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