Students bear brunt of COVID-19 inequality

Families turn to private schools as MPS ignores federal entreaties and keeps classrooms shut.

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A pandemic tipping point

A refusal by MPS and the teachers union to resume in-person classes is a boon to other schools.

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Vast majority of victims were elderly

Downplayed by the media, two very different COVID-19 outcomes for the old and young.

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Operation Vaccination

Wisconsin stumbled early getting shots into arms. Here’s what happened.

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Medicaid on Red Alert

As stimulus rules supercharge costs, pressure grows to expand the unaccountable program in Wisconsin

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Badger Institute hires development director, digital marketing manager

The Badger Institute has added two experienced professionals to its team. Angela Smith is director of development, bringing more than 17 years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Remso Martinez is a digital media marketing professional who has worked with national media and tech platforms.

Proposed expungement law would mostly help misdemeanants

Eighty-seven percent of people who would qualify for an expungement under proposed legislation have never committed anything more serious than a misdemeanor, according to new data from the Badger Institute.

Spring 2021

Our government overreaction issue focuses on debt, Medicaid, schools, neighbors, vaccinations and more!

A legacy of transformation

Pastor Jerome Smith got a second chance and made sure countless others received one too.
By Michael Jahr
April 29, 2021

State distribution of federal funds requires accountability, transparency

On March 10, 2021, Public Affairs Associate David Fladeboe submitted the following testimony to the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics in support of Assembly Bill 149.

It's Time to Reform Wisconsin's Expungement Law

The Badger Institute recently hosted a virtual discussion with two Wisconsinites who have seen firsthand the need for reform: State Public Defender Kelli Thompson and Shanyeill McCloud, founder of Clean Slate Milwaukee.

See our Findings

Our 2021 Budget Analysis takes a deeper look into Wisconin's 2021 biennial budget



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