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MacIver Newsmakers: ATR's Grover Norquist Setting The Record Straight On Tax Relief

4/19/2019
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Rejoice, Wisconsin taxpayers! You are free! It’s Tax Freedom Day for Badger State Taxpayers. Well, don’t get too excited. This is the day the average taxpayer has earned enough money on the year to finally pay off the pile of tax obligations of local, state and federal governments. Contrary to the incorrect rhetoric of the left, and a general confusion about withholding tables, the federal tax cuts passed in 2017 have helped to lift the tax burden off the shoulders of the vast majority of...

Duration:00:28:10

MacIver News Minute: Despite Facts, UW Comrades Won't Stop Pleading Poverty

4/18/2019
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Highly paid UW System officials won't stop talking about how destitute their universities are. But national rankings on public higher ed funding paint a different picture. Wisconsin consistently ranks in the top 15 of per capita higher education funding - 13th in the latest StatsAmerica ranking of higher ed state and local expenditures, among other stats. The UW System will tell you otherwise, but the sky is not falling on public higher ed in Wisconsin.

Duration:00:01:00

MacIver News Minute: Racine Lies About Cost Of School Choice

4/17/2019
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The mayor of Racine and his union pals won't let facts get in the way of their hatred of school choice. The city, with the help of the local teachers union, sent out a phony flyer claiming that one-fifth of Racine's property tax levy goes to private voucher schools. It's wrong on many accounts. For one, Racine and other public school districts get to count students they're not even educating to rig the aid they get from the state - in Racine's case, that's a $13.5 million windfall for kids...

Duration:00:01:00

MacIver News Minute: There's Nothing "Small" About Tony Evers' Tax Hikes

4/11/2019
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Gov. Tony Evers and his administration have an interesting definition of “small.” The governor’s $84 billion biennial budget proposal would hike taxes by some $1.3 billion over two years - a "small" tax increase in the Evers vernacular. Last week, Evers’ DPI bureaucrats told the Joint Finance Committee the governor’s budget would include a “slight increase” in property taxes of $44 million. That figure doesn’t come close to the actual impact, by the way. All that small is really adding up.

Duration:00:00:59

MacIver News Minute: Budget Hearings Hit The Road

4/9/2019
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Now, it's the taxpayers' turn. The Joint Finance Committee hit the road on Friday for the first in a series of budget hearings on the road. It's the taxpayers' chance to make their voices heard about Gov. Evers' proposed $84 billion behemoth of a budget.

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MacIver News Minute: An Amazing Victory For Conservatives

4/9/2019
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The word amazing gets tossed around a lot these days. But conservative Judge Brian Hagedorn’s long-shot victory over liberal Judge Lisa Neubauer in last week’s Supreme Court election was truly amazing. He was significantly outspent, forsaken by some Republicans, and dogged by liberals and the mainstream media for his Christian faith. But the conservative grassroots united to push Hagedorn to a slim victory, keeping the court in conservative control for another four years.

Duration:00:01:01

MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Alberta Darling Previews The Budget Battle Ahead

4/4/2019
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Sen. Alberta Darling is urging taxpayers to show up and make their thoughts on the 2019-21 state budget known as the Joint Finance Committee hits the road over the coming weeks for a series of public hearings. Darling, co-chair of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, has plenty of disagreements with Gov. Evers' proposed budget, which grows spending by a staggering 8 percent. "I think was Gov. Evers did, was it was a giveaway to his special interests. He doesn't care if the budget is...

Duration:00:30:48

MacIver News Minute: Back To Reality In Battle Over Extraordinary Session

4/2/2019
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Madison is 77 square miles surrounded by reality. Thankfully, reality ruled the day last week when a three-judge panel stayed a liberal Dane County judge's decision invalidating the laws that came out of December's extraordinary session. The activist judge simply cancelled those laws, but it now appears likely the court will find the extraordinary session was constitutional.

Duration:00:01:00

MacIver Newsmakers: The Queen Of Conservative Talk Radio, Vicki McKenna

3/28/2019
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Somewhere between her Marxist social theory and her professor’s godless “leap of faith,” Vicki McKenna had an epiphany: Socialists are full of it. It’s hard to believe, but Wisconsin’s Queen of conservative talk radio had to pass through the shadow of liberalism — and a few dozen jobs — before finding the right road. Shaking off her sociologist fugue, McKenna abandoned her sociologist fate and turned to a life of media (which is like a life of crime, just not nearly as profitable.). It made...

Duration:00:37:35

MacIver News Minute: Swamp Media And Liberal Lawmakers Owe President Trump An Apology

3/28/2019
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Does President Trump owe Robert Mueller an apology, a question recently posed by an NBC reporter? No. Mueller and the liberal lawmakers and mainstream media who cheered his witch hunt on for the past two years owe Trump an apology for hounding him over what have now been proven to be phony allegations that the president was a Russian stooge not legitimately elected to office.

Duration:00:01:00

MacIver News Minute: Breathtaking Chaos Caused By Activist Dane County Judge

3/27/2019
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Another liberal activist Dane County judge has struck down conservative laws, these ones passed in December's extraordinary session. That's hardly a surprise considering that court's propensity for injecting itself into duly passed legislation. But what's truly breathtaking is the chaos that Judge Richard Niess' decision caused - particularly because he chose not to stay his decision pending appeal, giving the judge's liberal comrade Gov. Tony Evers a chance to take full advantage of the...

Duration:00:01:01

MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: Sen. Pat Testin On The Badger State Becoming The Hemp State

3/26/2019
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Could industrial hemp become Wisconsin’s next “huge cash crop”? State Sen. Patrick Testin believes so. The Stevens Point Republican led legislation that created the state’s hemp pilot program — a new industry that has seen significant growth in a very short time. Last year, the first year of production, 200 growers and more than 100 processors applied to the state to grow hemp. This year, grower applications have topped 1,400, with 700 for processors. “So obviously, it is clear that...

Duration:00:24:17

MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Ron Johnson Says Mueller Probe 'Enormous Political Distraction'

3/21/2019
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The mainstream media was itchy again Thursday, with rumors recirculating that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation report was about to drop. The press was disappointed again. The press would have to wait. That’s been the talk of the Swamp for weeks now, Mueller’s looming report to the U.S. Department of Justice and, more so, what it will contain. After a prolonged investigation marked by leaks and faulty reporting, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says the American people have a right...

Duration:00:19:59

MacIver News Minute: Medicaid Expansion Albatross The Cornerstone Of Evers' Health Budget

3/21/2019
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You’ve heard the adage, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. And so it goes with Gov. Tony Evers’ massive health care budget, which pins its hopes on all that “free” Medicaid money - built, of course, on the backs of taxpayers. Evers’ plan to expand Medicaid would haul in a lot of federal money, but growing our Medicaid rolls is likely to be a permanent albatross around the necks of Wisconsin taxpayers.

Duration:00:00:59

MacIver News Minute: Rolling Back Manufacturing Tax Credit Would Hurt Farmers, Too

3/19/2019
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The Dairy State saw nearly 700 dairy farms close last year, fed by a precipitous decline in milk sales and prices. And the ag industry in general could get hit even harder if Gov. Tony Evers’ plan to roll back a critical tax credit makes the cut. While the rollback exempts farmers, it would target food processors, integrally connected to the ag sector. Raising taxes on such manufacturers is the fastest way to make a bad situation worse.

Duration:00:00:59

MacIver News Minute: Evers Budget Built With Big Labor Bosses In Mind

3/14/2019
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Gov. Tony Evers like to call his $83.5 billion budget "The Peoples' Budget," but it looks more like the liberal special interests budget. And no special interest won more than Big Labor. The budget brings back forced union dues and artificial wage floors, and forces the return of union exclusivity contracts. Evers' "Peoples' Budget" was built with Big Labor bosses in mind.

Duration:00:01:01

MacIver News Minute: To Government Officials Everywhere: Let The Sunshine In

3/12/2019
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"Let the Sunshine In.” That’s the message we at the MacIver Institute send to all government officials this Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information. News organizations shine the spotlight on the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to open government - or lack thereof. It’s a bipartisan issue — that is Democrats and Republicans have often failed.

Duration:00:01:03

MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Duey Stroebel On Gov. Evers' Everything-to-Everyone Budget

3/12/2019
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Governor Tony Evers tries to be everything to everyone, including every special interest that asked for a goodie in his 2019-21 biennial budget. Senator Duey Stroebel joined MacIver Newsmakers for this week's podcast focusing on the state budget. The Joint Finance Committee should start with actual spending, not the base, to begin the process of rebuilding this budget, Stroebel said, in order to do what voters send politicians to Madison to do - identify priorities while protecting taxpayers...

Duration:00:23:53

MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Dale Kooyenga On 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' Of State Budgets

3/8/2019
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Gov. Tony Evers's massive $83.5 million budget is like the Oprah Winfrey Show of spending plans, says state Sen. Dale Kooyenga. The Brookfield Republican said it’s just so much “political pandering” to Evers’ liberal base. “It politically nice to go around the state doing the whole Oprah thing, saying, ‘You get a billion dollars, and you get a billion dollars, and you get a billion dollars,’” Kooyenga said, referring to the multimedia diva famous for giving away cars to her entire studio...

Duration:00:27:53

MacIver News Minute: Will DOT Face Consequences For Flouting Accountability Law?

3/7/2019
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Apparently there are no consequences for the Department of Transportation, which has failed to comply with several accountability provisions in a state law, as MacIver News first reported. The codes were drawn from Legislative Audit Bureau recommendations following a bombshell report in 2017 that found all manner of waste and accountability issues at the troubled DOT.

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