Ensuring Opportunity: Altering Wisconsin’s Safety Net to Encourage Upward Mobility

New report by poverty scholar Angela Rachidi offers recommendations for improving Wisconsin safety net programs.

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Badger Institute Annual Dinner

The Heritage Foundation founder Ed Feulner joins the Badger Institute on October 11 to speak about the Mandate for Madison, our roadmap for Wisconsin toward a freer and more prosperous future. 

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Report: Tax Reform Options to Improve Wisconsin’s Competitiveness

A new report from the Tax Foundation and the Badger Institute offers five comprehensive tax reform options to enhance Wisconsin’s tax competitiveness by reducing harmful taxes on labor and investment.

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Podcast: Wisconsin lags as other states adopt tax reforms

Tax Foundation Senior Policy Analyst Katherine Loughead joins Badger Institute President Mike Nichols to discuss her new report “Tax Reform Options to Improve Wisconsin’s Competitiveness.” 

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A Roadmap for Healthcare Reform in Wisconsin

Wisconsin could help lead the nation in empowering patient-consumers to seek care in a functioning market with upfront transparent pricing.

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Chance to Enact Flat Tax Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

An enormous projected budget surplus makes a low, transformative flat tax more than feasible.
July 28, 2022

A municipal spending quandary

Awash in federal bailout cash, some Wisconsin cities ask for a property tax hike
July 27, 2022

Seeking higher standards

Parents’ power to choose the best education for their children ought not be hindered when the default is failing them.
July 21, 2022

Wisconsin's Increasingly Uncompetitive Tax Structure

The century-old progressive income tax is no longer a viable model
July 15, 2022

Eleven Years Later, Act 10 Takes Down a Onetime Union Stronghold

WEA Trust just announced it is terminating its health insurance business
June 23, 2022

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Inflection Point: Watch a forward-looking update on the life changing work of the Badger Institute

Spring 2022 Diggings Magazine 

A foundational change

On the road to waste and fraud

Bang for the private college buck

Dire need of accountability

Building moral character

The new capitalism

Courts clogged


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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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Badger Institute Policy Priorities are short, informative primers on the top issues facing Wisconsin