Thursday, January 17th, 2019

One of the more interesting provisions of the proposed state budget is a possible cut to the subsidy for public radio and public television. Over at the MacIver Institute, I explained why the proposed cuts are not deep enough. The budget should have eliminated the subsidies entirely. Despite the hysteria, Walker’s proposal does not end […]

Freedom and Prosperity: Governor Scott Walker’s 2015 Budget Address Madison – Today, Governor Scott Walker introduced his Freedom and Prosperity budget proposal. Below is a copy of his 2015 Budget Address as prepared for delivery: Speaker Vos, Speaker Pro Tem August, President Lazich, Majority Leader Fitzgerald, Minority Leader Shilling, Minority Leader Barca, members of the […]

In an op-ed for the MacIver Institute that appeared this week, I reminded readers that we still have not eliminated former Governor Jim Doyle’s tax increases, nor have we cut overall state spending. Even with all of the progress made, there is still unfinished business that the Republicans need to take care of in the […]

This week at the MacIver Institute, I explain how state license fees for professions and trades have really become a tax, taking in millions for the general fund. State Rep. Tyler August has found another way state government hurts small businesses and the middle class in Wisconsin. The state is collecting too much money to […]

I had some fun live-blogging Governor Scott Walker’s State of the State speech tonight over at RightWisconsin. So many interesting observations in the rapid-fire of live blogging by all of the participants. And a few sarcastic comments were thrown in, too. As for the speech itself, I’ve been watching Walker give speeches for a while […]

October 24, 2013 Act 10 is Working with Bipartisan Support by James Wigderson Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas must not have gotten the memo. Act 10, the signature accomplishment of Governor Scott Walker’s Administration, is not only working, but it has become bipartisan, too. Colas banged the […]

Barron County is not adding more staff to deal with Obamacare, even with the promise of “free” state money. This week at the MacIver Institute I explained why. An excerpt: Barron County already has 13 economic support workers, each handling a workload of about 790 cases, according to WQOW. They report that there will be […]

Looking at any political contest, there are winners and losers. In the state budget process winners and losers are often determined not so much by what is in the budget, but by the fight over the budget. Over at the MacIver Institute, I list the winners and losers – and the reasons why. An excerpt: […]

Food wars: A new hope  Budget prevents food bans based on size, nutrition Waukesh Freeman June 27, 2013 Page A6 Opinion Some good news. The state budget is almost complete. Time to celebrate with a really big soda. One of the provisions of the state budget prevents local units of government from regulating food items […]

My Waukesha Freeman column from Thursday. The Wisconsin State Senate rejected any amendments to the Walker Medicaid plan in the state budget on Thursday. Free federal money not affordable Walker health plan right choice Waukesha Freeman June 20, 2013, page A6 Opinion Gov. Scott Walker’s Medicaid proposal is facing strong opposition from special interest groups […]