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MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Ron Johnson On Trump's Emergency Declaration

2/26/2019
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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson tells MacIver News Service he’s hopeful the Senate will take up another resolution that would deal realistically with security at the U.S. Mexico-border. On Tuesday, the Nancy Pelosi-led House was moving on a resolution rolling back President Trump’s declaration of a National Emergency, in which he would tap money to complete the construction of a border barrier. Johnson said he doesn’t know how he will vote until he sees the Senate resolution, which he hopes will be...

Duration:00:20:06

MacIver News Minute: Post-Secondary Enrollment Continues Dramatic Decline

2/26/2019
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More Wisconsin high school students than ever are taking Advanced Placement Exams, but postsecondary enrollment for all students has dramatically declined. The latest data from the Department of Public Instruction show overall AP exams taken increased by 61 percent between 2010 and last year. And scores continue to increase. Still, the overall participation rate remained low, at just under 17 percent in 2019. Alarming trends continued for the post-secondary education sector. 59.4 percent of...

Duration:00:01:00

MacIver News Minute: Gov. Evers' False Drug-Crime Statistic Goes Up In Smoke

2/26/2019
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A key talking point of Gov. Tony Evers’ “first step” proposal to legalize medical and recreational marijuana went up in smoke last week. In rolling out his wide-ranging initiative, the governor and fellow Democrats declared “drug-related offenses make up as much as 75-85% of inmate populations.” The claim is patently false - the real stat is 11%. And as MacIver News first reported, the Evers administration quietly scrubbed the bad stat from the original press release.

Duration:00:00:59

MacIver Newsmakers: Rep. Mary Felzkowski Takes On Wisconsin's Dental Care Gap

2/19/2019
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State Rep. Mary Felzkowski wants to fix a woeful statistic and, true to her conservative roots, she wants to use the free market to do it. The Irma Republican, along with state Sen. Dave Craig (R-Big Bend) have introduced a bill that would create a dental therapist licensure program in Wisconsin. Dental therapists are mid-level practitioners, similar to physician assistants. Under the general supervision of a dentist, DTs can perform routine dental procedures either at a dental practice or...

Duration:00:27:03

MacIver News Minute: For Rep. Gwen Moore, Rising Prosperity For Minorities Is "Blah, Blah, Blah"

2/19/2019
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The jobless rate for black and Hispanic Americans fell to record lows in 2018. That should be cause for excitement, right? Especially from poverty-fighting Dems like U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore. But she sounded unimpressed with the long list of positive economic news noted by a Republican colleague at a recent House Ways and Means Committee hearing.

Duration:00:00:57

MacIver News Minute: Tax Hike on Manufacturers the Wrong Prescription for Wisconsin's Economy

2/14/2019
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Wisconsin lawmakers should approach the state budget with a physicians' maxim: first, do no harm. As Rep. John Nygren put it, things are going well, let's not mess it up. So why does Gov. Tony Evers insist on a middle class tax cut that also raises taxes on manufacturers? Hitting manufacturers with higher taxes now, just as this sector is hitting its stride in Wisconsin, is like giving a patient measles to cure mumps.

Duration:00:01:00

MacIver News Minute: UW's Lucrative Relationship With Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma

2/13/2019
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When announcing a lawsuit against painkiller maker Purdue Pharma, Dane Co. executive Joe Parisi spoke of the trail of destruction the opioid crisis has left in its wake. But what he failed to mention was the cozy relationship the county's largest employer, UW-Madison, had with Purdue during the rise of the crisis. That includes $1.6 million in grant funding - but critics say the UW's pain group conducted research advocacy, essentially serving as marketers rather than scientists.

Duration:00:00:59

MacIver Newsmakers: Rep. John Nygren

2/8/2019
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MacIver Newsmakers: Rep. John Nygren by The MacIver Institute

Duration:00:19:02

MacIver News Minute: Barely Half Of K-12 Funding Actually Goes Into Classroom

2/7/2019
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How often have you heard from the big-government crowd that Wisconsin needs more money in our schools because IT’S ABOUT THE CHILDREN! Turns out, it isn’t. New data from the Department of Public Instruction show that only 54 percent of revenue for Wisconsin schools goes to instruction, with the rest marked for overhead. The release underscores how little of the $6 billion in annual state education funding actually makes it to the classroom.

Duration:00:00:58

MacIver News Minute: Transportation Task Force Stacked Against Taxpayers

2/6/2019
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Gov. Tony Evers’ Transportation Stakeholders Task Force is looking more like a Tax Farce - with one hand out and another in taxpayers' pockets. The Task Force met last Thursday and again on Monday and set a revenue-first reform-later agenda. Everything was on the discussion table, from gas tax hikes to heavy truck fees - even a mileage tax and tracking system. You know who wasn’t at the Tax Force table? Taxpayer advocates.

Duration:00:01:00

MacIver News Minute: Who's Pushing Socialist "Green New Deal" in Wisconsin?

1/31/2019
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Are you itching to be taxed into oblivion to pay for a socialist proposal that would massively expand government and bury your grandchildren in debt? Well, do we have a deal for you -- the Green New Deal. This out-of-touch policy that would definitely touch your wallet has Green Deal Warriors right here at home — none more committed than state Rep. Greta Neubauer, a Racine Dem.

Duration:00:01:00

MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Tom Tiffany Has Some Advice For Gov. Tony Evers

1/31/2019
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Wisconsin got more good fiscal news Wednesday, when the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released data showing a projected $2.4 billion in additional tax revenue for the next state budget. That means Democratic Gov. Tony Evers can breathe a lot easier than his predecessor, Republican Gov. Scott Walker, did when he faced a $3.6 billion budget shortfall upon taking office in 2011. The new governor a few weeks ago asked for input from Republican lawmakers like state Sen. Tom Tiffany. The Hazelhurst...

Duration:00:32:38

MacIver News Minute: Supreme Court Deals Blow To Over-Reaching DNR Bureaucrats

1/29/2019
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The arms of the often-overreaching Dept. of Natural Resources got a little shorter thanks to a recent state Supreme Court decision. A dozen years after the DNR gave a pair of Lake Superior property owners the go-ahead to build a pier, the agency came back to amend the permit. They don't have the authority, the high court ruled, reaffirming its new stance that it won't simply defer to state agencies' interpretations of the law.

Duration:00:00:59

MacIver News Minute: Gov. Evers Paints Bleak Picture, But Facts Tell A Different Story

1/24/2019
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This is what we learned from Gov. Tony Evers’ first state of the state address: Tony’s a story teller. But the bleak alternate reality Evers painted doesn't match the facts - record-low unemployment for the better part of a year, surging personal income, more good-paying jobs than there are people to fill them. It’s the liberal way: Cry poverty, expand government. Keep reality out of it.

Duration:00:01:01

MacIver News Minute: Wisconsin's Remedial Education Problem Gets Worse

1/23/2019
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Here’s a sad number: Students from 196 Wisconsin high schools had to take remedial math or English upon entering the UW, according to a new report from the UW system. Even more troubling, 50 percent of high schools receiving the highest, 5-star ratings on Wisconsin’s 2018 report cards sent graduates to college that needed remedial courses. More sad statistics from a public education system delivering too much failure.

Duration:00:00:58

MacIver Newsmakers: Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

1/23/2019
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Matt Kittle and the MacIver crew take the podcast on the road - or at least across the street - for this edition of the MacIver Newsmakers podcast, recorded in Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's office. Fitzgerald reacts to Tuesday's divisive State of the State speech by Gov. Evers, previews life in a divided government, and looks into the crystal ball to see whether there will be a protracted budget showdown this summer.

Duration:00:24:03

MacIver Newsmakers: Rep. Joe Sanfelippo on Direct Primary Care, Pre-Existing Conditions

1/21/2019
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MacIver Newsmakers: Rep. Joe Sanfelippo on Direct Primary Care, Pre-Existing Conditions by The MacIver Institute

Duration:00:28:02

MacIver News Minute: Conservative Groups Harassed By The Obama IRS Get Late Christmas Present

1/17/2019
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Dozens of conservative organizations are receiving late Christmas presents years after the IRS handed them a lump of of coal. The federal government last month began mailing out settlement checks to 100 right of center groups wrongfully targeted for their political beliefs by the Obama administration's Internal Revenue Service.

Duration:00:00:58

MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Dave Craig Says It's Time To End Minimum Markup Law

1/17/2019
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Let’s see how far all the talk of bipartisanship and finding common ground goes. Gov. Tony Evers has said he’s willing to work across the aisle to find solutions to Wisconsin's problems. State Sen. Dave Craig (R-Big Bend) is reaching back with an idea whose time is long overdue. He wants the new Democrat governor to champion free-market values and lead the campaign to repeal Wisconsin’s competition-killing, price-inflating minimum markup law. Sen. Craig is our guest on this edition of...

Duration:00:13:59

MacIver News Minute: Socialist Protesters Call Black Trump Supporter A "White Supremacist"

1/15/2019
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Madison has long been known as a bizarre parallel universe, but things went from strange to surreal on Saturday when a throng of pasty white socialists shouted down a black Trump supporter, calling him a "white supremacist" and "bigot." The bizarro world respond: "commie" pride.

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