Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

The MacIver Institute announced today that the landmark legislation known as Act 10, five years old today, has saved Wisconsin taxpayer $5.24 billion. That number will only grow year after year. Five years ago, Gov. Walker and the Republican legislature started their odyssey that resulted in the signing of Act 10, a milestone law that […]

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos accused state Senate Republicans of catering to Sen Frank Lasee’s vacation plans when they put prevailing wage reform in the state budget instead of voting on it separately. If that’s what it took for prevailing wage reform to pass, maybe we should send Vos on a vacation to Mexico, too. Maybe […]

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 […]

Waukesha Freeman 6/25/2015 Page A5 Opinion Incumbency helps Kapenga to victory Another special election is coming Let’s go over just a few notes from Tuesday’s special primary election for state Senate before we let you return to the beach. As you may have read in the Waukesha Freeman, Brian Dorow lost to state Rep. Chris […]

Over at the MacIver Institute, yet another special interest apparently has the special decoder pin needed to get something inserted in the state budget. This time it’s the chiropractors. Chiropractors are pinning their hopes on a proposed change to the law that redefine primary care physicians to include chiropractors under the state’s definition. Under the […]

As some of you are aware, the city of Waukesha is one of the municipalities getting screwed by the state who is taking the hotel room tax revenue away. Yes, it’s a royal screwing. However, I know how the city of Waukesha can make up the lost revenue. At the next Common Council meeting, the […]

The Associated Press is reporting Assembly Speaker Robin Vos saying the proposed change in the liquor distribution law will not be in the state budget. Opponents say the changes being sought would require that a contract between a wholesaler and an alcohol supplier remain in place, even if the distributorship is transferred to another owner. […]

State employees are going to have to pay more to keep their insurance thanks to the “Cadillac insurance” provision of Obamacare. In order to avoid a 40% tax on their premiums, employees are going to have higher deductibles and higher co-pays. As the MacIver Institute explains, The federal law will hit employers who offer high-priced […]

Alderman Aaron Perry posted the following on his Facebook page: From: Mayor Reilly To: Adam Neylon (Rep.Neylon@legis.wi.gov); Scott Allen (Rep.Allen@legis.wisconsin.gov); Senator Paul F. Farrow (Sen.Farrow@legis.wisconsin.gov);… Dear Senator Farrow, Representative Neylon and Representative Allen; I am writing to you on behalf of the City of Waukesha. I understand that it is possible that the room tax […]

Over at RightWisconsin, I report on the resurrection of the Liquor Wars. After all, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” Apparently that applies to a man’s ability to keep his liquor cabinet stocked. For those of you who have forgotten what’s at stake, In Wisconsin, we have […]