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UPDATED: Budget Breakthrough? Walker Deal Trades Income Tax Cuts For Transportation

Budget Blog - Is there a budget breakthrough brewing? There certainly seems to be significant movement in snapping the stalemate that has bogged down work for months and pre-empting passage of a 2017-19 state budget, now three weeks past due. Read More »

Supreme Court Ruling Prompts New State Private Property Rights Bill

MacIver News - A St. Croix County family owned two lots, side-by-side, and wanted to sell one of them. The county, the state, and the US Supreme Court all told them no. Because the two adjoining lots had the same owner, they were legally the same property according to state law. State lawmakers are now working to change that law. Read More »

Budget Blog - 'Deference' But Still No Budget Deal In Sight

Budget Blog - One of the main players in the state's budget drama emerged from high-level discussions Wednesday with "deference to the Senate," but there's still no deal in sight. Read More »

Senate K-12 Plan: More Money for Low-Spending Schools, Modest Statewide School Choice Expansion Compared to Governor

By Ola Lisowski - After weeks of delays, the Senate Republican Caucus released a full budget proposal on Tuesday. Transportation remains the hot topic, but the Senate plan also includes substantive tweaks to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal for the Department of Public Instruction. The Senate plan spends $24 million more than Walker's already-generous education proposal, which sent $648 million more to public schools than current funding levels. It also adds six more positions to DPI compared to the governor's plan. Read More »

Adolescent Entrepreneurs Encounter 'Big Brother' In Battle To Sell Ice Cream

By M.D. Kittle - Mac, 13, and Nic, 12, won't be able to hawk ice cream from the back of their three-wheeled bike, even though the Wausau City Council on Tuesday night approved a youth vendor ordinance that would allow kids to peddle products, from their homes, with certain restrictions. It's the restrictions that have Nic's and Mac's mom so hot under the collar. Read More »


UPDATED: Budget Breakthrough? Walker Deal Trades Income Tax Cuts For Transportation

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 20, 2017 2:17 PM
UPDATED: Budget Breakthrough? Walker Deal Trades Income Tax Cuts For Transportation

Budget Blog - Is there a budget breakthrough brewing? There certainly seems to be significant movement in snapping the stalemate that has bogged down work for months and pre-empting passage of a 2017-19 state budget, now three weeks past due. Read More »

Supreme Court Ruling Prompts New State Private Property Rights Bill

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted July 20, 2017 11:46 AM

MacIver News - A St. Croix County family owned two lots, side-by-side, and wanted to sell one of them. The county, the state, and the US Supreme Court all told them no. Because the two adjoining lots had the same owner, they were legally the same property according to state law. State lawmakers are now working to change that law. Read More »

Budget Blog - 'Deference' But Still No Budget Deal In Sight

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 19, 2017 10:53 PM
Budget Blog - 'Deference' But Still No Budget Deal In Sight

Budget Blog - One of the main players in the state's budget drama emerged from high-level discussions Wednesday with "deference to the Senate," but there's still no deal in sight. Read More »

Senate K-12 Plan: More Money for Low-Spending Schools, Modest Statewide School Choice Expansion Compared to Governor

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 19, 2017 5:03 PM
Senate K-12 Plan: More Money for Low-Spending Schools, Modest Statewide School Choice Expansion Compared to Governor

By Ola Lisowski - After weeks of delays, the Senate Republican Caucus released a full budget proposal on Tuesday. Transportation remains the hot topic, but the Senate plan also includes substantive tweaks to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal for the Department of Public Instruction. The Senate plan spends $24 million more than Walker's already-generous education proposal, which sent $648 million more to public schools than current funding levels. It also adds six more positions to DPI compared to the governor's plan. Read More »

Adolescent Entrepreneurs Encounter 'Big Brother' In Battle To Sell Ice Cream

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 19, 2017 1:44 PM
Adolescent Entrepreneurs Encounter 'Big Brother' In Battle To Sell Ice Cream

By M.D. Kittle - Mac, 13, and Nic, 12, won't be able to hawk ice cream from the back of their three-wheeled bike, even though the Wausau City Council on Tuesday night approved a youth vendor ordinance that would allow kids to peddle products, from their homes, with certain restrictions. It's the restrictions that have Nic's and Mac's mom so hot under the collar. Read More »

Debt Driving Milwaukee's Budget Problems, Not Lack Of State Aid

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MacIverNews | Posted July 19, 2017 5:00 AM
Debt Driving Milwaukee's Budget Problems, Not Lack Of State Aid

The tragic reality of Milwaukee's debt problem is there's no need for it. Between its tax levy, intergovernmental aid, user fees, and other financing options, Milwaukee has more than enough "revenue" to operate. In 2015, the city brought in $1.26 billion not including revenue from new bonding. That year it spent $1.06 billion not including debt service. Read More »

Budget Blog - Senate Unveils Budget Plan Amid Impasse

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 18, 2017 3:53 PM
Budget Blog - Senate Unveils Budget Plan Amid Impasse

Budget Blog - Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, the budget ball is back in the GOP-led Assembly's court. In a letter to Vos, Fitzgerald says his caucus believes the "proffered solution presents a reasonable compromise on the major outstanding issues." Read More »

Reality Check: Do Wisconsinites Really Want to Pay More for Roads?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 18, 2017 5:05 AM
Reality Check: Do Wisconsinites Really Want to Pay More for Roads?

By Chris Rochester - Marquette's poll, conducted at the end of June, found that a mere 23 percent of respondents identified transportation as their top priority. Even more tellingly, the poll also found that a slim majority - 51 percent - of those who said transportation is their highest priority would not be willing to pay higher taxes for it. Read More »

Wisconsin's Three Billion Dollar Liability of Unused Sick Leave

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 18, 2017 5:00 AM
Wisconsin's Three Billion Dollar Liability of Unused Sick Leave

By Matt Tragesser - By allowing state employees to bank their unused sick leave for use in retirement, the state of Wisconsin is currently facing a $3 billion liability that's only going to grow as employees accumulate more sick leave and lawmakers fail to take action. Read More »

12-Year-Old Ice Cream Entrepreneur Buried In Regulations

Comments | Posted in mi fast facts | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 17, 2017 4:52 PM
12-Year-Old Ice Cream Entrepreneur Buried In Regulations

By M.D. Kittle - Nic Ruffi, at the age of 12, has discovered what entrepreneurs everywhere have learned: Stifling regulation stops start-ups. Read More »

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