Minimum Markup Law: Mandated Pain at the Pump
(By Christian Schneider) July 2008 (Vol. 21 No. 6)
Healthy Wisconsin Bust the State Budget?
(By George Lightbourn and Christian Schneider) July 2008 (Vol. 21 No.
the Milwaukee Economy Forward
(By George Lightbourn and Sammis White, Ph.D.) June 2008 (Vol. 21 No.
Milwaukee Health Costs are High: What to Do About It
(Linda Gorman, Ph.D.) May 2008
Effective Teachers for the Milwaukee Public Schools: How Good a Job do
Wisconsin Schools of Education Do?
(Scott Niederjohn, Ph.D. and Mark Schug, Ph.D.) March 2008 (Vol. 21 No.
2007 Wisconsin Citizen Survey
December 2007 (Vol. 20 No. 10)
Exploding Use of Debt to Finance Government in Wisconsin
(Christian Schneider) November 2007 (Vol. 20 No. 9)
the Milwaukee Public Schools: The Limits of Parent-Driven Reform
(David Dodenhoff, Ph.D.) October 2007 (Vol. 20 No. 8)
the University of Wisconsin System: Creating the Capacity to Manage
(Thomas L. Fletemeyer) July 2007 (Vol. 20 No. 7)
Achievement Gap in Milwaukee Public Schools
(Sammis White, Ph.D) May 2007 (Vol. 20 No. 6)
Truth Behind Wisconsin's Oil Company Tax: Why You'll Pay More at the
(George Lightbourn, Christian Schneider, and Benjamin Artz) March 2007 (Vol.
20 No. 5)
Benefits of Cable Competition in Wisconsin
(Christian Schneider) March 2007 (Vol. 20 No. 4)
Retiree Health Benefits: Wisconsin's Ticking Time Bomb
By Christian Schneider
to local government annual finance reports, 27 local governments in
Wisconsin are saddled with a combined $6 billion unfunded liability
to pay for “Other Postemployment Benefits” (OPEB).
Often times, as part of their employment packages, local
governments offer to pay health benefits for retired employees.
Until now, local governments paid what they owed on a year-to-year
basis. But new accounting
rules require local governments to divulge the level of their long-term
benefit liability. And in
some cases, the local government OPEB liabilities are stunning – in some
cases, dwarfing the government’s total annual budget.
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Third Party Animals
evening of November 5, 2002, the election results began to roll in. A
rainy election day had come to wash away the grime from an
often-brutal gubernatorial race in Wisconsin, which had seen the
candidates refer to each other as “crooked” and “absolutely
disreputable.” Incumbent Republican Governor Scott McCallum, who had
been in office scarcely two years, faced a strong challenge from
long-time Democratic Attorney General Jim Doyle. The race was a
crucial turning point for Wisconsin, as it represented the first time
in sixteen years iconic Governor Tommy Thompson was not on the ballot.
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The New WEAC
- By George
Fear the Rottweiler. That toughest
of junkyard dogs has been bred to protect, trained to attack. He is a
vicious mélange of teeth and sinew that needs little reason to
attack. It is what he does.
Such is the image built up around
WEAC—the Wisconsin Education Association Council – the rough,
tough teachers union that has had its way with governors and
legislators. To pick a fight with WEAC is to invite a bloody nose.
But, while few people realize it,
that image has faded as surely as a sepia photograph. The junkyard dog
image of WEAC is a dated caricature from a bygone day. The reality is
quite different. The reality is that the WEAC of today bears little
likeness to the WEAC of the past.
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