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UPDATED - Legislators Aim to Eliminate Wisconsin's Personal Property Tax

Representative Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) and Senator Tom Tiffany (Hazelhurst) are circulating companion proposals aimed at eliminating the personal property tax in Wisconsin by 2020. The personal property tax is a levy on business equipment that is assessed in addition to real property taxes paid by businesses (property taxes paid on actual real estate). Read More »

An ID is Needed in Nearly Every Aspect of Society, Now It's Needed to Vote

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - Hey, look, a popular law passed by the legislature is actually being allowed by the Supreme Court. If you had over three years on the over-under wager for the implementation of the voter identification law, you cleaned up Monday morning. Read More »

MPS Superintendent Admits Act 10 was a Big Help

MacIver News Service - At the JFC's budget hearing at Alverno College on Friday, MPS Superintendent Derienne Driver talked about how Act 10 allowed the district to make big improvements. However, MPS claims to have exhausted those tools and needs more in the next budget to make ends meet. Read More »

UW-Madison Foundations Grow Assets to More than $6 Billion

MacIver Investigation - The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and the University of Wisconsin Foundation (UWF) - two non-profits born from UW-Madison and created specifically to help UW-Madison be successful - have more than $6 billion in assets, but contributed less than five percent of that amount back to the college in fiscal year 2014. Read More »

Assembly Joint Finance Members Propose Changes to UW Budget Plan

MacIver News Service - As the legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) held its first public hearing Wednesday on the 2015-17 state budget, two members released their plans to make changes to the budget proposal for the University of Wisconsin System. Read More »


UPDATED - Legislators Aim to Eliminate Wisconsin's Personal Property Tax

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted March 24, 2015 1:36 PM
UPDATED - Legislators Aim to Eliminate Wisconsin's Personal Property Tax

Representative Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) and Senator Tom Tiffany (Hazelhurst) are circulating companion proposals aimed at eliminating the personal property tax in Wisconsin by 2020. The personal property tax is a levy on business equipment that is assessed in addition to real property taxes paid by businesses (property taxes paid on actual real estate). Read More »

Five Years Later: Heritage's Daily Signal Fact Checks Obamacare

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 24, 2015 7:30 AM
Five Years Later: Heritage's Daily Signal Fact Checks Obamacare

MacIver News Service - Obamacare turned five-years-old yesterday, so Heritage's Daily Signal decided to take a look at some of the promises that were made by supporters of the law. Check out the info graphic below to see how the ACA did...Hint, it's not good. Read More »

An ID is Needed in Nearly Every Aspect of Society, Now It's Needed to Vote

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted March 24, 2015 3:00 AM
An ID is Needed in Nearly Every Aspect of Society, Now It's Needed to Vote

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - Hey, look, a popular law passed by the legislature is actually being allowed by the Supreme Court. If you had over three years on the over-under wager for the implementation of the voter identification law, you cleaned up Monday morning. Read More »

MPS Superintendent Admits Act 10 was a Big Help

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted March 23, 2015 3:12 PM

MacIver News Service - At the JFC's budget hearing at Alverno College on Friday, MPS Superintendent Derienne Driver talked about how Act 10 allowed the district to make big improvements. However, MPS claims to have exhausted those tools and needs more in the next budget to make ends meet. Read More »

Wisconsin Voter ID Law Stands After Supreme Court Decision

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 23, 2015 1:53 PM
Wisconsin Voter ID Law Stands After Supreme Court Decision

MacIver News Service - The Supreme Court of the United States revealed on Monday it would not hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law, meaning the state is free to enact the four-year-old law. The law will not be in place for the April 7 election. Read More »

Obamacare Turns Five - What Have We Learned?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted March 23, 2015 12:00 PM
Obamacare Turns Five - What Have We Learned?

MacIver Perspective by Bill Jaeck - This week marks the fifth year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The reactions of American citizens have varied greatly and some have not even noticed any change in their lives as over 30 million remain uninsured. Read More »

UW-Madison Foundations Grow Assets to More than $6 Billion

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 20, 2015 12:51 PM
UW-Madison Foundations Grow Assets to More than $6 Billion

MacIver Investigation - The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and the University of Wisconsin Foundation (UWF) - two non-profits born from UW-Madison and created specifically to help UW-Madison be successful - have more than $6 billion in assets, but contributed less than five percent of that amount back to the college in fiscal year 2014. Read More »

Assembly Joint Finance Members Propose Changes to UW Budget Plan

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 18, 2015 2:38 PM
Assembly Joint Finance Members Propose Changes to UW Budget Plan

MacIver News Service - As the legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) held its first public hearing Wednesday on the 2015-17 state budget, two members released their plans to make changes to the budget proposal for the University of Wisconsin System. Read More »

Should Wisconsin Act if King v. Burwell Ends Federal Obamacare Subsidies?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted March 18, 2015 10:03 AM
Should Wisconsin Act if King v. Burwell Ends Federal Obamacare Subsidies?

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - A case before the United States Supreme Court, King v. Burwell, could end the subsidies to those receiving insurance through the federal exchanges. The law, as written, only provides for federal subsidies to flow through the state exchanges. Does Wisconsin need to Act, or is it up to Congress and President Obama? Read More »

Twenty Percent Of UW Freshmen Need Remedial Education - Who Is To Blame?

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted March 18, 2015 1:00 AM

Currently 20 percent of freshmen in the system need remedial attention. The system knows how many there are at each campus, but not much else. The assembly bill would require the System to report what high school each of those students attended. Read More »

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