Melody McCurtis distributes supplies to the needy in her Metcalfe Park community in Milwaukee. PHOTOS COURTESY OF METCALFE PARK COMMUNITY BRIDGES PHOTOS

Frontlines: Building something that lasts

How people - and finely crafted furniture - leave an indelible imprint on our lives

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The Cost of Shutting Down Wisconsin's Economy

Partial shutdown costs state $178.9 million in lost GDP every day

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Great Lakes' natural fluctuation

Climate change has been blamed over the years for the rise ... and fall ... and rise again of lake levels

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Socialist dream failed in Ripon

1800s utopian commune called Ceresco was established - and collapsed - just blocks from where GOP was later founded.

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Harmful history of government set-asides

Preferential contracts undermine the truly disadvantaged, and programs are prone to fraud

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What's new from the Badger Institute

Iowa adopts model occupational licensing reform package

Measure creates universal recognition, waives fees for low-income workers, expands opportunities for ex-offenders. Read the article here.

Wisconsin Free Market Coalition: Extend Regulatory and Licensing Relief

Adopting these reforms on a permanent basis will allow continued care and innovation in healthcare, ensuring Wisconsin is positioned to best respond to future public health emergencies. Read more here.

The pandemic and the UW System

With fewer students and huge deficits likely, the state should consider closing some campuses and following online model for certain courses. Read the article here.

A victory over regulatory expansion

Relentless bureaucratic creep undermines competition and hurts consumers. Read more here.

State budget realities make new prison construction unlikely

Policymakers will need to look to reforms to address overcrowding issues. Read the article here.

Project for 21st Century Federalism

The Project for 21st Century Federalism is the Badger Institute's multi-year investigation of the growth in federal grants and their effect on state and local governance.



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