Posts Tagged ‘reform’
Before Governor Scott Walker took office in January of 2011, Wisconsin was seeing high unemployment, stagnating incomes and a high tax burden. Fast-forward four years: The state enjoys strong growth in employment and improvements in living standards through higher after-tax incomes. Thanks to a fiscal policy of reducing tax and regulatory burdens while balancing the budget, Wisconsin now outperforms many of its neighbors.
Read more by Noah Williams at Forbes.com
The good doctor Hunter S. Thompson once observed that “it never got weird enough” for him.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Kevin Kennedy, the director of Wisconsin’s speech regulator integrally tied to the probe into dozens of conservative organizations, is a longtime “professional friend” of former IRS tax-exempt director Lois Lerner.
Lerner led the Obama administration’s IRS division accused of targeting conservative groups seeking 501(c)(4) nonprofit status. The Senate Finance Committee is looking into more than 6,000 emails from Lerner once thought to be lost.
Read more by M.D. Kittle at Wisconsin Watchdog.org
–SNIP– THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS NOT A FREE MARKET
The current system is not a case of the free market failing the little guy and favoring the wealthy. Right now:
You cannot choose one medication over another, even beforehand, on the basis of cost;
You cannot choose one hospital over another based on the quality of management and nursing support;
You cannot choose your doctor based on hourly rate or volume of patients;
You cannot choose what procedures you want or need based on how much they cost from one hospital or doctor to the next.
This is insane.
–SNIP– THE SOLUTIONS ARE OUT THERE, BUT SPECIAL INTERESTS WANT A QUICK FIX
John Mackey is the co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods, a national grocery chain that specializes in organic, unprocessed foods and natural remedies. It is an immensely successful venture, with 340 stores worldwide and 73,000 full-time employees, all of which qualify for a custom health care plan the company has devised. In 2009, amidst the health care reform battle, Mackey wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that compiled the most important and understandable reform principles needed in health care, and presented them as an alternative. The current law take almost none of them into account, and simply changes who pays for it rather that moving the industry toward a real free market.
These solutions are not the be all-end all of reform, but they are the most fundamental change we could advocate that would take our current system and move it closer to one that is cheaper, more accessible, freer and more flexible to changing patient needs and scientific discoveries.
Read more by Ed Willing at willingness.me
Most states already require voters to think ahead.
AFTER ALL THE nasty brawling — not just in Wisconsin, but across the nation — over whether Voter ID amounts to sensible security at the polls or a barely veiled suppression effort, a partisan battle over scrapping same-day registration in the state seems unavoidable.
Currently, Wisconsin is one of just a handful of states that allow unregistered individuals to come to the polls on election day and take care of the business right then and there. A substantial majority of states require registration well in advance. For example, in Illinois, registration closes about a month before election day.
The tradition in Wisconsin, however, has been far more liberal. Some like that. Some think it’s ripe for fraud, and creates an undue last-minute burden on election officials.
Read more by William Barth at BeloitDailyNews.com
It’s an exciting time to be a conservative Republican! We now have the opportunity to show the citizens of Wisconsin that once again, they have chosen correctly. Republicans will now deliver on our promises to create jobs and reform government.
Once again, I have been honored and humbled by the constituents in the 63rd Assembly District to serve on their behalf in the Wisconsin State Assembly. It has been a privilege to represent Racine County for the past decade and I will continue to fight for the hard-working taxpayers of our area.
Thanks to the amazing turnout of conservatives across the state and the great Republican team lead by Governor Walker, Assembly Republicans grew its majority. The GOP won 63 Assembly seats, the largest Assembly Republican majority since 1957. All of our incumbents won re-election, Republicans won all of the former GOP seats, and we defeated three Democratic incumbents. Our incoming class of freshmen legislators stands at 18 representatives. That’s the second largest class since 1977. The largest was in 2011 with 25 new representatives. Together, we will work across the aisle to improve Wisconsin without compromising our conservative ideals. The 2015-2016 legislative session begins on Monday, January 5, 2015 with the inauguration of the 102nd Wisconsin State Legislature.
Read more by Speaker Robin J. Vos
July 23, 2014
by Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield)
Last year many Wisconsin residents celebrated Wisconsin’s first measurable tax cuts in nearly a decade. In addition to cutting taxes, progress was made in simplifying the tax code as evidenced by the elimination of 17 tax credits, downsizing from five to four tax brackets and eliminating Wisconsin’s depreciation schedules in favor of adopting federal standards. In just over two years, Wisconsin went from billions in the red, to cutting both income and property taxes.
I am pleased we were able to accomplish what we did. At the risk of being the “fly in the punch bowl,” let me state we still have a significant problem. Wisconsin by any measure remains a high tax state.
The praise received for cutting taxes is notable and fair because it signified a significant change in trajectory. However, we can’t kid ourselves, we still have yet to fully implement a pro-growth tax code. It’s analogous to being proud of your 16 year old son for turning off the television and heading off to clean his bedroom, but his bedroom is still a mess.
Read more by Nick Novak at MaciverInstitute.com
The Washington Free Beacon has put together a greatest hits compilation of the Democrats’ border security quotes. Why would the Democrats continuously insist that the border is secure? Perhaps because Republicans insist on having a secure border before discussing any type of immigration reform legislation.
Read more by Jennifer Van Laar at ijreview.com
Dear Milwaukee County Voter,
You have a unique opportunity next Tuesday to affect the future direction of county government.
In a rare binding referendum on the Tuesday, April 1 ballot, your vote will set the level of pay Milwaukee County Supervisors will earn for the part-time job they occupy.
Over the past several weeks, a healthy conversation has taken place about the right-sizing of county board pay and the benefits of instituting a part-time county board just like every other county in the state.
This week the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board joined the chorus of others endorsing a YES vote on the April 1 referendum. Read the entire editorial here: Our View | County Board Referendum: Voters can send board strong message Tuesday
Out of the community discussion on this issue has emerged a consensus view that our county works best when Supervisors are reasonably paid for the core part-time responsibilities they carry out.
Please join your neighbors and colleagues in voting YES on the referendum on Tuesday.
Forward Milwaukee County
For more information, see www.ForwardMilwaukeeCounty.com
“Repealing and replacing” Obamacare with market-oriented reforms has been the Republican mantra for years now. If you’re a long-time follower of this space, you know that we’re skeptical that Obamacare will ever be repealed, GOP slogans to the contrary. Today, however, a trio of experienced Senate Republicans—Tom Coburn (Okla.), Richard Burr (N.C.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah)—have put forth the most thoughtful and constructive plan yet developed to repeal and replace Obamacare. The plan seeks to ensure that as many Americans have health coverage as Obamacare does. It’s a proposal grounded in the real-world tradeoffs that all serious reformers must make. Want to know how those tradeoffs might affect you? Read on.
Read more by Avik Roy at Forbes.com
In 1993, an in-depth 200-page report was delivered to the Milwaukee County Board highlighting critical flaws with the county’s mental health services program. This report, which is referred to as the master plan, laid out a blueprint for desperately needed reforms to a program that provides some of the most important services the county is charged with delivering.
At the time, consumer groups, advocates, service providers and local elected officials agreed that serious problems existed within the program requiring major reforms to the delivery of mental health services in the county.
Read more by Rep. Joe Sanfelippo and Sen. Leah Vukmir at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 2012. In the ad, Governor Walker takes his message directly to Wisconsin voters by laying out a number of the promises he made during his 2010 campaign, how those promises have been fulfilled, and the positive results the state has seen as a result of what the campaign is calling, “bold and necessary reforms.”
–SNIP– the notion that Republicans have no plan to replace Obamacare is news to Representative Tom Price (R., Ga.), who in June introduced a comprehensive alternative health-care plan — for the third time since 2009. It was originally introduced as the Obamacare alternative from the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), which Price chaired at the time.
The 250-page legislation, known as the Empowering Patients First Act, has yet to receive a vote in the House, but currently has 32 co-sponsors, including Representatives Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), Tim Huelskamp (R., Kans.), Jeb Hensarling (R., Texas), and Tom Cotton (R., Ark.).
Read more by Andrew Stiles at NationalReview.com
DÜSSELDORF, Germany — The Deutsche Post office across from the train station here offers DVDs, umbrellas, phone cards and toys — with the processing of mail appearing nearly an afterthought. And the facility housing it is not a post office at all. Deutsche Post occupies a corner space in a bank.
With mail volumes decreasing 1 to 2 percent annually in many countries, European postal services from Germany to Sweden to Switzerland have reinvented themselves over the past decade as multifaceted delivery and information companies tailored to the virtual age. Though Deutsche Post by law still delivers to every address six days a week, it has jettisoned tens of thousands of buildings, 100,000 positions and its traditional focus on paper mail.
Read more by ELISABETH ROSENTHAL in the NY Times
In a speech at The Heritage Foundation, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke about Saving the American Idea. The full text transcript of his remarks as prepared for delivery are below:
“Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy and the Politics of Division”
Thank you so much, Ed, for that kind introduction.
We’re here today to explore the American Idea, and I can’t think of a better venue for this topic. The mission of the Heritage Foundation is to promote the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
These are the principles that define the American Idea. And this mission has never been timelier, because these principles are very much under threat from policies here in Washington.
The American Idea belongs to all of us – inherited from our nation’s Founders, preserved by the countless sacrifices of our veterans, and advanced by visionary leaders, past and present.
What makes America exceptional – what gives life to the American Idea – is our dedication to the self-evident truth that we are all created equal, giving us equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And that means opportunity.
Video and transcript of Rep. Paul Ryan’s speech at Heritage.org