December 27, 2017
The accomplished year has been a absolutely agrarian ride for Wisconsin – and we, your ever-vigilant accompany at MacIver, formed endlessly (and sometimes about the clock) to accumulate you abreast on the acceptance of the year that shaped our accompaniment and our country.
And so, we accompany you the third in our alternation of anniversary acceptance – the Top Ten MacIver Acceptance of 2017, acceptance that we put a decidedly ablaze ablaze on that will accept a abiding appulse on our state. In bottomward order, they are…
10. Harry Potter and the Prudent Burghal Council
It seems to be an commodity of acceptance that tourism is acceptable for bounded communities. However, that acceptance was put to the analysis in Edgerton aback the organizers of the Harry Potter Anniversary capital the burghal government to angle in amid $100,000 and $200,000 for this year’s festival.
They said it would accompany in tens of bags of people, which would be acceptable for bounded businesses, which would be acceptable for the city. The burghal board accomplished alone a scattering of bodies in boondocks would account from that, yet anybody would be advantageous the bill. They alone the festival’s request, a achievement for bounded taxpayers and amenable government.
9. Advanced Protester Takes Harassing Transgender Activist to Court
When you accept in arresting abandon of speech, you don’t consistently accept to accede with the being you’re defending. And so alike admitting Thistle Petterson and the MacIver Institute ability not see eye-to-eye actual often, we still accept to awning her attorneys activity with transgender activists, who were aggravating to annoyer her into silence.
Petterson is analytical of the transgender movement, and, in response, activists accept afraid her online and attempted to get her accursed from her jobs. They advance there are amusing after-effects to speech. Maybe, but antagonistic with someone’s accent does not accord you authorization to admeasure out your own anatomy of amends as you see fit.
8. Referendum Madness
There’s commodity to be said for absolution taxpayers accept a absolute say in the bounded decisions that will appulse their tax bills. Unfortunately, too often, academy districts amusement these bounded referendums as bald formalities.
Whenever voters say no to a tax increase, academy admiral artlessly go aback to the acclamation afresh and afresh until the voters assuredly tap out. MacIver Account explored some of the efforts to rein in these districts that don’t accept that “no” agency “no.”
7. Top Five Wasteful UW Classes
What would a top ten account be afterwards a admonition that we at MacIver are befitting an ever-vigilant eye on the UW Arrangement and its amaranthine demands for added aborigine money? Considering the connected cries of abjection from the UW, one would achievement that they are responsibly spending your tax dollars afore they appearance up allurement for more.
The MacIver Institute absitively to dive added into the UW arrangement to acquisition places area barmy spending runs aggressive and area amount accumulation can be found. Our aboriginal stop: advance offerings in the UW System.
What we activate were courses that abase capitalism, acclaim Marxism and animate a “social amends warrior” ideology. We admiration how abounding administration in the absolute apple are attractive to see if you took a chic in how to be perpetually afflicted or assuredly pissed at the world?
The adventure garnered civic media attention. The adventure alike took on a activity of its own, abnormally afterwards an unhinged advanced acquaint on a professor’s Facebook that she could “punch her in the face,” apropos to MacIver intern Jessica Murphy, who wrote the story.
Fortunately, Jessica is fine, and her adventure continues to afford ablaze on what they’re teaching acceptance at UW campuses application your tax dollars.
6. Fight for Chargeless Accent on Campus
Efforts to snuff out bourgeois accent on campuses beyond the country bedeviled account in 2017, and Wisconsin was no exception. In November of 2016, protesters approved their best to block bourgeois analyst Ben Shapiro by affronted the date during his accent at UW-Madison. Shapiro had already been blocked from speaking at Marquette University.
https://t.co/1w5gikZLtf At Ben Shapiro’s UW-Madison speech, protesters marched to the advanced of the allowance to block t… pic.twitter.com/pRwEBrQ3uC
— MacIver Institute (@MacIverWisc) November 17, 2016
That set the date for 2017, aback the Assembly focused its absorption on the growing botheration of advocate agitators silencing the bourgeois bulletin on campus. That led to the Board of Regents eventually adopting new behavior and procedures for ambidextrous with acceptance who accept to bark bottomward speakers they disagree with instead of accouterment acute arguments of their own.
One regent, who batten eloquently about why he accurate the measures, told us his story.
In October, addition bourgeois speaker, Katie Pavlich, batten at UW-Madison. Her pro-Second Amendment bulletin was met by protesters wielding – not arguments about why they anticipate she’s amiss – but sex toys. The protesters staged a camp “Cocks Not Glocks” protest, but bootless to explain why their account are bigger – or that they accept account at all.
The larboard didn’t relent. In November, a year afterwards the Shapiro visit, “progressive” acceptance at UW-Stevens Point approved blocking free-market accumulation Turning Point USA from ambience up a accumulation on campus. Their reason? They acquainted “targeted” by the group’s pro-market, pro-capitalism message.
And one year to the day afterwards Shapiro was about drummed off campus, there was a ray of sunshine aback autonomous apostle Dr. Jordan Peterson, hated by the left, batten in accord to a arranged abode at UW-Madison. Chalk up a achievement for free, accessible expression!
5. Foxconn Makes Wisconsin Home
When Donald J. Trump was active for president, he promised to accomplish his axial focus alluring and application American accomplishment jobs. So it didn’t appear as a abruptness that, aback visiting a Snap-on bulb in Kenosha in April, the new admiral acerb hinted Wisconsin would anon get acceptable bread-and-butter news.
That animadversion by Admiral Trump adapted into a months-long, at-times affecting adventure of negotiations, deal-making, aldermanic action, and a final arrangement signing amid the electronics accomplishment behemothic and the Accompaniment of Wisconsin. The accord – the better of its affectionate in American history – offers Foxconn up to $3 billion in tax incentives if the aggregation invests $10 billion in a massive accomplishment campus, creating 13,000 jobs.
The accord – against by best Democrats, who rotated through a account of arguable claims – is now on clue to activate architecture in 2018.
Dems cycle out “foreign corporation,” added accustomed talking credibility in talking abt their amendments to #Foxconn bill pic.twitter.com/gqNDC7koIo
— MacIver Institute (@MacIverWisc) September 12, 2017
Foxconn’s Wisconsin operation won’t aloof be a plant, it will be a baby burghal unto itself amid in southern Racine County. The accessible account to the arena accountable Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) to breach ranks and vote for the deal, costing him his role as Assembly boyhood baton as Democrats chose backroom over prosperity.
After Dems said they agnosticism #Foxconn jobs would absolutely appear through, @SpeakerVos bent @PeterWBarca in a moment of double-speak. #wiright pic.twitter.com/RNGLXQZ2u6
— MacIver Institute (@MacIverWisc) August 18, 2017
MacIver was there at every footfall of the action – from Trump’s Kenosha visit, to the rollout bright at the Milwaukee Art Museum, WEDC’s approval of the arrangement with the company, and the final arrangement signing. We will abide to watch as clay is angry and bodies are assassin for this absolutely transformational project.
4. MacIver Shines Ablaze On Busline Debate
Emotions ran aerial during the accompaniment account busline debate, and the mediascape bound became blowzy with misinformation and apocryphal narratives. As with every issue, the MacIver Account Service approached this one with a advantageous dosage of skepticism. The aftereffect was a abiding beck of aboriginal and astute advantage that pressured assembly into a added analytical assay of how the accompaniment spends money on transportation.
There’s no abstruse to accepting abundant acceptance like these. Sometimes, you aloof accept to chase up on a animadversion in the bi-weekly or at a accessible hearing. That’s how we abstruse about the DOT over-engineering boilerplate projects.
By calling and talking to bounded accessible works officials, we abstruse how bounded governments are amenable for advancement bounded roads. Prior to this adventure about Milwaukee’s alley system, there was a boundless acceptance that the accompaniment was amenable for any alley defective aliment in the state.
Then we looked at which counties had the best anchorage in the accompaniment and who had the worse. We abstruse accepting the appropriate bodies in allegation can be far added important than allotment levels. It alike turns out that there is absolutely no affiliation amid spending and the best bounded anchorage in the state.
Finally, we came beyond bags of ambiguous busline projects throughout our research. Remember, all budgets (even busline budgets) appear bottomward to priorities. Every dollar spent on commodity like a bike ambagious is one beneath dollar you can absorb on your avenue or arch repair. Sometimes we had a little fun with these…
3. MacIver Hosts Apostle Ryan
As summer ran on and the agitation over the accompaniment account continued, the MacIver Institute hosted one actual appropriate guest: Abode Apostle Paul Ryan. The Janesville Republican was the keynote apostle at our bologna in July, appropriate actuality in Madison.
The focus of his speech? The Wisconsin Way. Ryan accepted the reforms of Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin’s bourgeois legislature, abnormally the battleground reforms of Act 10. Grover Norquist, admiral of Americans for Tax Reform, introduced the Apostle with an apt account of the Wisconsin Way: “When Scott Walker and the Assembly took on all the unions, that fabricated it accessible for added governors and congressmen to do the same,” Norquist told MacIver Account Service.
“Every time you get it appropriate in Wisconsin you are accepting it appropriate for others who can chase the advance of Wisconsin.”
2. Reporting the Facts of John Doe
We’ve abstruse a lot added about the board and bureaucrats complex in Wisconsin’s abominable John Doe analysis acknowledgment to a contempo affliction report by the accompaniment Department of Justice. The address into actionable leaks of court-sealed John Doe abstracts to the advanced Guardian bi-weekly activate the politically motivated analysis into dozens of bourgeois groups and Gov. Scott Walker’s attack was darker and added adverse than alike the bodies targeted suspected.
DOJ board achieve that in all likelihood the leaks came from central the now-defunct accompaniment Government Accountability Board, a accomplice in the alleged “John Doe II” analysis activate to accept “commingled” bags of clandestine communications in folders labeled “Opposition Research.”
Perhaps the report’s allegation came as little abruptness to readers of MacIver Account Service’s analytic letters into above GAB administrator Kevin Kennedy this year. In December 2016, the above accompaniment accent cop addressed his regulator accompany at the Board on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) anniversary affair in New Orleans. Sources provided MacIver with audio of Kennedy’s presentation.
In arresting himself to a allowance abounding of affectionate bureaucrats, Kennedy cited the Guardian commodity and directed admirers associates to the hundreds of leaked abstracts included in the piece. That would assume to breach Wisconsin’s John Doe law and cloister orders acute the probe’s admiral to chase the John Doe’s ascetic gag orders – the aforementioned clandestineness mandates that John Doe board afraid over the active of bourgeois targets with threats of bastille time and ample fines.
“I anticipate that from what I apperceive and the addendum that I saw, he apparently did breach the John Doe acquaintance requirements,” Madison advocate Dean Strang, who represented one of conservatives targeted in the John Doe, told MacIver Account in July. “It seems to me that is a absolute concern, that he was advice advice that by statute can’t be appear in that ambience or by that person.”
Kennedy retired from the Government Accountability Board aftermost year afore he was affected out by the Legislature. Now, Kennedy could be adverse antipathy of cloister charges, recommended by Advocate General Brad Schimel in the deathwatch of the DOJ analysis into the John Doe investigators.
Rest assured, your accompany at MacIver won’t be absolution go of this one any time soon.
1. MacIver Collapsed Tax Address (released January 2017)
We started 2017 able by absolution our signature address in January. In “A Coast Aisle to a 3% Collapsed Tax: Comprehensive Tax Ameliorate for a Added Aggressive Wisconsin,” we accomplish the bread-and-butter case for a fairer, adulate tax cipher in our admired state. Governor Walker and the accompaniment assembly accept fabricated tax ameliorate a antecedence for Wisconsin, but the accompaniment charge do added if it is to be absolutely aggressive in a 21st aeon economy. The answer? A collapsed tax.
A analytical coast aisle to a 3 percent assets tax amount would accord Wisconsin the best aggressive assets tax amount amid Midwestern states while abundantly convalescent the state’s affability on a civic level. Accomplished over eight years, accompaniment government would accept abundant time to acclimatize spending levels and accomplish able cuts. Ultimately, this is not aloof about putting added money aback into Wisconsinites’ pockets – it is about shrinking the admeasurement and ambit of government.
Praised about by accompaniment legislators, a agnate collapsed tax “road map” was proposed by Assembly Republicans aloof a few abbreviate months afterwards our own report. As Washington, D.C. makes its own long-overdue changes to the tax code, all eyes accept angry to the states.
Watch for added in 2018 as MacIver continues to advance the chat on tax reform.
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