Monday, October 24th, 2016

WILL and MacIver Institute Statement on JFC changes to open records law: Proposed Changes to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law Hinder Public Access, Scrutiny of Government Changes made to transparency inappropriately made with little transparency Milwaukee and Madison, WI – July 3, 2015 – The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy and the Wisconsin Institute […]

Over at RightWisconsin, I have an update on the proposed change to the liquor distribution law that would benefit wholesalers to the cost of everyone else. Republicans are considering inserting the provision in the budget through the Joint Finance Committee at the last minute. The Wisconsin Sunday-after-church Bloody Mary could get a lot more expensive. […]

Over at (yes, subscription required), I put the decision by the Joint Finance Committee to free UW System students from the burden of funding United Council with a mandatory fee in perspective. Here is an excerpt: State Representative John Nygren told Wisconsin Public Radio that the request to end the mandatory fee for United […]

The MacIver Institute has the report on making Milwaukee pay the utility infrastructure relocation costs for the proposed streetcar system that is already served by a bus line. MacIver News Service | May 9, 2013 [Madison, Wisc…] The Joint Committee on Finance passed a motion on Thursday that will ensure that the city of Milwaukee […]

The Joint Finance Committee of the state legislature held a public hearing on the state budget in Greenfield in Thursday. It was an eight-hour parade of special interests begging for taxpayer money: Look for the parade of special interests to continue on Monday in Green Bay. Print this entry

Just before Thanksgiving, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson appointed Senator Jennifer Shilling (D–La Crosse) and Senator Bob Wirch (D–Somers) to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC). This powerful committee is at the heart of the state budget process and is a coveted appointment. Wirch was the likely Democrat who promised to vote […]

Our friend TJ Buczak makes an appearance in this week’s column for the MacIver Institute. Andy Warhol was wrong. In the future, everyone I know will make an appearance in one of my columns. I have an acquaintance, TJ Buczak, who is a pretty good plumber. Everyone should know a good plumber, right? But what […]

State Representative André Jacque is a co-sponsor of a bill that would lift the enrollment cap for the state’s virtual charter schools. He had hoped that the legislature would vote on the bill in July, eliminating the need for the Department of Public Instruction to administer a waiting list. On Memorial Day, Jacque e-mailed me […]

Just imagine if Wisconsin could advertise it’s life insurance program. When you say life insurance, you said it all. Wisconsin Life Insurance, for when you go forward too far. Too much cheese can clog your arteries, so remember to buy Wisconsin-brand life insurance. Close Packer game causing you a heart attack? You should have bought […]

One of the hidden costs of doing business in Wisconsin is the unnecessary renewable energy programs that are mandated by the state. The costs for these programs are paid by the ratepayers through higher energy bills. Fortunately, the Joint Finance Committee rolled back an attempt by the Jim Doyle-era Public Service Commission (ironically, the agency […]