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MacIver News Minute: Problems Persist at the Troubled Tomah VA Medical Center

6/14/2018
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The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which earned the monicker "Candyland" when its deadly overprescribing of opioids was exposed - still has troubles. In December, MacIver reported that a sharp temperature spike may have compromised sensitive drugs at the pharmacy there. New information sheds light on the meltdown - and indicates the facility may have something to hide. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11, and 2. Listen to...

Duration:00:01:01

MacIver News Minute: Left-Wing Agitators Plot to Crash Foxconn's Groundbreaking Party

6/12/2018
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Leftists are lining up their forces, intent on putting all they've got into raining on Foxconn's big parade later this month when the tech giant plans to break ground on its massive new manufacturing campus. Their ultimate aim? To derail or besmirch the $10 billion, 13,000-job development deal in "any way possible" to improve their odds of defeating Gov. Scott Walker this November. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11, and 2. Listen to...

Duration:00:00:59

MacIver News Minute: La Crosse Shows Us Money-Saving Potential of Direct Primary Care

6/8/2018
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Direct primary care - where a doctor is paid a monthly fee in exchange for a menu of primary care services, bypassing insurance red tape - is a cost-saving, innovative way to tackle the rising price of health care. The City of La Crosse and the La Crosse School District are great examples of the potential to both improve care and save money. Adding DPC to their list of options has proven extremely popular and has saved more than $1.5 million in a few short years. Catch the MacIver News...

Duration:00:01:02

MacIver News Minute: Dem Candidates For Governor Pledge to Undo Act 10

6/5/2018
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Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 has been a resounding win for Wisconsin taxpayers - it's saved more than $5 billion in the years since the landmark law was enacted. But the liberals running to unseat Walker have all pledged to repeal the reform, restoring a huge spigot of money into the campaign coffers of progressive candidates. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11, and 2. Listen to News/Talk 1130 WISN live: www.iheart.com/live/1130-wisn-4245/

Duration:00:01:02

MacIver Report Extra: Rep. John Macco On The Future Of Taxes In Wisconsin

6/5/2018
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MacIver's Ola Lisowski sits down with Rep. John Macco, chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, to talk about the committee's work on overhauling the state tax code. Rep. Macco makes sure tax talk is anything but a dry topic!

Duration:00:22:26

MacIver News Minute: A Janus Victory Would Extend Worker Freedom to Wisconsin Police, Firefighters

5/31/2018
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If the U.S. Supreme Court sides with Mark Janus in his lawsuit against AFSCME, the big government labor union, it would be a huge victory for worker freedom throughout the nation. Here in Wisconsin, a Janus victory would mean public safety workers like police and firefighters, who were exempted from Act 10, would be able to opt out of their unions if they wanted to. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11, and 2. Listen to News/Talk 1130...

Duration:00:01:04

MacIver News Minute: Debunking The Left's Minnesota Myth

5/29/2018
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Liberals like to point to Minnesota as a prototypical progressive utopia, claiming fiscally responsible, conservative policies have somehow been a setback for Wisconsin. The problem is, it's not true. In fact by many measures Wisconsin has outperformed the Gopher State - discrediting nonstop attempts by the left to lure Wisconsinites into an unearned inferiority complex. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11, and 2. Listen to News/Talk...

Duration:00:00:59

MacIver News Minute: Madison Pursuing Municipal Broadband Despite Mayor's Newfound Fiscal Restraint

5/25/2018
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Madison mayor Paul Soglin recently directed city department heads to limit capital expenditure proposals to only crucial projects. But true to uber-liberal form, city bureaucrats are still bent on pursuing a municipal broadband network that could cost taxpayers north of $100 million. In one of the most digitally connected cities in the country, a city-owned broadband network hardly seems like a crucial project. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday...

Duration:00:01:00

MacIver News Minute: Bernie, Tammy And The Big Labor Gang Want To Kill Right-To-Work

5/22/2018
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A bill led by big labor supplicants, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, would, among other assaults on worker freedom, repeal right-to-work laws nationwide. It's sponsored by some of the most left-leaning politicians in America, including Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who heartily endorsed the campaign to take away a worker’s right to choose. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11, and 2. Listen to News/Talk 1130 WISN live:...

Duration:00:01:02

MacIver News Minute: Trump Asks Congress to Rescind $15 Billion in Spending

5/17/2018
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President Trump recently did something all too rare in Washington - he asked Congress to withdraw $15 billion in spending authority for a variety of programs that are past their sell-by date. He made the request using a rarely used 1974 law. The ball is now in Congress's court to pass a bill rescinding the budgeted funds. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11, and 2. Listen to News/Talk 1130 WISN live: www.iheart.com/live/1130-wisn-4245/

Duration:00:01:03

MacIver News Minute: Illinois is Incensed that Wisconsin Won't Have to Pay for Its Smog Dumping

5/15/2018
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Illinois has been spewing its smog over Lake Michigan for years, and southeastern Wisconsin has been paying the price. The Trump EPA realized the folly of this and reversed course recently, but that isn't stopping the smog dumpers in Illinois like the state's AG, Lisa Madigan, from throwing a fit and filing a lawsuit over the commonsense decision. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11, and 2. Listen to News/Talk 1130 WISN live:...

Duration:00:01:03

MacIver News Minute: "Dues Skim" Diverts Hundreds of Millions of Medicaid Dollars into Union Coffers

5/10/2018
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Public employee unions in 11 states have convinced their legislatures to classify home health workers as government employees, essentially forcing them into union membership and diverting $200 million in Medicaid funds each year into union coffers. Other states could look to Wisconsin - which outlawed this scheme in 2011 - to stymie this union scam. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11, and 2. Listen to News/Talk 1130 WISN live:...

Duration:00:01:02

MacIver News Minute: UW Medical Foundation Gives Generously to Left-Wing Causes

5/8/2018
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A charitable fund established to improve health outcomes for Wisconsinites has become a funder of housing and gardening projects – as well as a variety of left-wing advocacy groups - keeping a legion of washed up progressives employed. The political spending is "close to criminal,” said a former insurance executive who shepherded the fund’s creation. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11, and 2. Listen to News/Talk 1130 WISN live:...

Duration:00:01:03

MacIver Report Extra: Senator Duey Stroebel on Referendum Reform

5/8/2018
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Bill Osmulski sits down with Sen. Duey Stroebel in the MacIver studio to talk about the need for referendum reform, what's been done to protect taxpayers so far, and what else can be done.

Duration:00:21:34

MacIver News Minute: Insanity on Parade in Madison Broadband Boondoggle

5/3/2018
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Forget the fact that Madison is already one of the nation's most digitally connected cities. Forget the half-million dollar failed broadband pilot project. Forget that private sector internet providers are already offering options for low-income residents. Madison politicians and bureaucrats sure are - despite all those inconvenient truths, they're forging ahead with a city-owned broadband boondoggle that could cost taxpayers as much as $130 million. Isn't that the definition of insanity?...

Duration:00:01:01

MacIver News Minute: Another Billion Dollars Won't Fix the Failures of MPS

5/2/2018
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While MPS board member Michael Bonds got all the attention when he told a Milwaukee teachers union leader to "go to hell," the real controversy should have been that same union boss's retort. She insisted that the struggling school district's budget should be doubled - to $2 billion. Bad news for the union and bureaucrats: MPS already spends $15,000 per student and continues to fail. The claim that soaking taxpayers to the tune of another billion dollars will fix the district's failures is...

Duration:00:01:02

MacIver News Minute: Milwaukee "Raise My Taxes Now" Protest Was A Total Flop

4/26/2018
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Is the "Blue Wave" more of a "Blue Puddle?" If you look at a recent Milwaukee protest against last year's tax overhaul that cut taxes across the board and will save the average family $2,000, you might think so. While last year's protest drew more than 600 people, this year just 24 showed up - many paid organizers. It looks like even many liberals aren't exactly onboard with this "raise my taxes now" demand by progressive agitators. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN...

Duration:00:01:04

MacIver News Minute: UW Foundations Have A Big Transparency Problem

4/24/2018
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A recent Legislative Audit Bureau investigation of the financial relationships between UW campuses and their affiliated, but private, foundations raised plenty of concerns for taxpayers. But an even greater concern is the lack of transparency and accountability the auditors found. It's more evidence that it's high time for an independent, external audit of the UW System and all affiliated entities. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11,...

Duration:00:01:00

MacIver News Minute: Union Pension Fund Tries Extracting Private Info from Non-Union Workers

4/19/2018
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Big Labor is pushing its weight around again, this time filing an expensive lawsuit against a service-disabled, veteran-owned electrical contractor company. The company's owner says the union pension plan is throwing everything they've got to get the names, addresses, and Social Security numbers of nonunion managers and administrative staff. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11, and 2. Listen to News/Talk 1130 WISN live:...

Duration:00:01:02

MacIver News Minute: Take Solace in Tax Reform and an Earlier Tax Freedom Day

4/17/2018
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As you know, it's Tax Day, a solemn reminder of how much government makes us work just to settle up with Uncle Sam. But Wisconsinites can take some solace in the fact that their tax bills will be paid off eight days earlier this year than last. And we can all celebrate last year's tax overhaul, making this the last Tax Day that we're subjected to the old tax code. Catch the MacIver News Minute on News/Talk 1130 WISN every Tuesday and Thursday at 8, 11, and 2. Listen to News/Talk 1130 WISN...

Duration:00:01:04