What's new from the Badger Institute
Wisconsin’s overall tax structure remains behind competitor states in simplicity, tax rates and business climate for residents and investment. How can we reform the tax structure so that the state reaches its full potential? In a video from our recent Policy Symposium, Joe Bishop-Henchman and Katherine Loughead of the Tax Foundation discuss suggested reforms.
► View their PowerPoint.
Wisconsin has a transportation funding dilemma. How did it occur, and how can we fix it? In a video from our Policy Symposium, Dale Knapp, director of Forward Analytics, and Robert W. Poole Jr., director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, discuss growing expenditures, shrinking revenues and tolling solutions.
► View Knapp's PowerPoint.
► View Poole's PowerPoint.
Policy brief: The state should make common-sense changes to Wisconsin Earned Income Tax Credit to mitigate the marriage penalty.
Policy brief: Fair-chance hiring policies may hurt the job-seekers they aim to help.
A primer on Wisconsin's unsustainable transportation revenues. The state's funding challenge is exacerbated by its past reliance on borrowing. By Dale Knapp.
Wisconsin legislators and stakeholders held a news conference on Jan. 29 to unveil the "Expungement Reform: Pathways to Employment" bill. The bill would allow individuals with misdemeanors or Class H and I felonies to also seek expungement after they serve their sentence, remove the age 25 restriction and would apply retroactively to those who served time before the new legislation.
New report doesn’t include comparisons with other states and policy recommendations. By visiting fellow Ed Timmons.
The Badger Institute's growth will allow even greater impact on key policy issues, President Mike Nichols says. Recent personnel changes include: Julie Grace, policy analyst in the Institute's Center for Opportunity; Kirsten Golinski, development associate; Brad Wassink, policy consultant; and Dr. Ed Timmons, visiting fellow.
Imagine a prisoner reentry program where the mentors include an FBI agent and a former federal prosecutor. Or a graduation ceremony where ex-offenders are encouraged, cheered and hugged not just by family and friends but by police officers, prison officials and judges. Imagine what could happen if the law enforcement community partnered with nonprofit organizations and employers to increase the likelihood of successful transition back to the community, breaking the cycle of incarceration. This video tells the story of Partners in Hope, a new reentry program in Milwaukee that has made this vision a reality.
Report provides an overview of labor force participation in Wisconsin. Increasing the rate by just 1 percentage point would increase state GDP by $667 annually per resident. By Badger Institute visiting fellows Ike Brannon and Andrew Hanson.
The Badger Institute hosted transportation expert Bob Poole to discuss Rethinking Wisconsin’s Highways. Poole promoted public-private partnerships and user-based tolls to address the congestion, maintenance, funding battles and pork barrel spending associated with the status quo. Watch the video here.
Madison — Barbers, cosmetologists and other beauty professionals are now able to practice their professions with fewer regulatory burdens after reforms were signed into law that reduce complicated and costly licensing requirements. Read more here.
Read our report, “Government’s love for licensure,” which tells the real-world stories of Wisconsinites stymied by the state's burdensome licensure system. Reforms signed into law remove some of the regulations highlighted in the report.
The Badger Institute also profiled business people and entrepreneurs hampered by Wisconsin's licensure rules:
Albert Walker, an ex-offender whose clients include many Packers players, had years of barbering experience but, until recently passed reforms, couldn't run his own shop due to onerous state licensing regulations. Watch video of Albert Walker. Read his story.
Project for 21st Century Federalism
The Project for 21st Century Federalism is the Badger Institute's multi-year investigation of the growth in federal grants and their effect on state and local governance. Highlights of the project:
► How federal grants are turning state governments against their own people
► Badger Institute book urges states to push back
► Press release on "Federal Grant$tanding" book
► Records request illustrates lack of transparency of federal school funding
► Private school principals say federal funding process is flawed
► Teachers want to help kids, not do paperwork
► Educators decry feds' heavy-handed approach toward local schools
► Survey of Wisconsin teachers who work under federally funded programs
► Wisconsin school officials want federal role in local education reduced
► Full school survey on federal funding
► Invasion of the federal bean counters
► Schools hire high-priced specialists to deal with complex grant rules
► Federal rules distort local education policy
► Legislators miss opportunity in ESSA to take control of education
► Bureaucratic 'skim' of federal school funding
► The federalization of Wisconsin DPI
► Cash-strapped school districts burdened by federal grant regulations
► Press release on the launch of Federal Grant$tanding project
Badger Institute's media mentions
Report: Wisconsin's Earned Income Tax Credit penalizes some low-income parents for marrying
Wisconsin Watchdog: March 3, 2019
Gov. Evers vetoes middle class tax cut amid $588 million revenue surplus
Wisconsin Watchdog: Feb. 21, 2019
President Mike Nichols discusses tax reform with Steve Scaffidi
WTMJ Radio: Feb. 19, 2019
Tony Evers is right: Gap in dental care needs filling
Wisconsin State Journal editorial: Feb. 13, 2019
Road tolls are best way to fund highways
Urban Milwaukee: Feb. 10, 2019
Proposed bill provides offenders second chance to clear criminal records
The Daily Cardinal: Jan. 29, 2019
Supporters get chance to make case for Kimberly-Clark bill
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Nov. 14, 2018
How federal grants are turning state governments against their own people
The Federalist: Oct. 26, 2018
Report: Growing number of state government jobs federally funded
Wisconsin Public Radio: Oct. 19, 2018
The real achievement of federalism
American Institute for Economic Research: Oct. 16, 2018
How licensing reform can help states and veterans
Real Clear Policy: Oct. 10, 2018
Badger book on federal grants
Cato Institute: Oct. 1, 2018
Wisconsin's criminal expungement rules keep needed workers out of jobs, study says
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: June 6, 2018
Bureaucracy devours funds that could support teaching
Deseret News: May 22, 2018
Analysis highlights tax migration exodus from Wisconsin
Watchdog.org: March 26, 2018
GOP tax bill provision aims to spark investment in low-income neighborhoods
Wisconsin Public Radio: March 18, 2018
Michael Jahr discusses the Center for Opportunity
Right Wisconsin podcast: March 9, 2018
The Case Against The Kimberly-Clark 'Bailout' Plan
Wisconsin Public Radio: February 28, 2018
Wisconsin seeks to build new prison
"UpFront with Mike Gousha": February 24, 2018
The Kimberly-Clark bailout is a bad idea
Right Wisconsin: February 21, 2018
Licensing reform could fulfill aspiring chiropractor's lifelong dream
Right Wisconsin: February 20, 2018
Why toll roads are Wisconsin's only realistic solution to its transportation roadblock
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: February 14, 2018
Tax credit, welfare reform among key issues facing Wisconsin lawmakers
Wisconsin Watchdog: February 9, 2018
The Badger Institute: Value-added tolling would address Gov. Walker’s concerns
WisPolitics.com: February 8, 2018
Value-added tolling would address Gov. Walker’s concerns
Urban Milwaukee: February 8, 2018
New law makes it easier on barbers
NBC26 in Green Bay: December 3, 2017
Other views: The festering mess that is Illinois
Janesville Gazette: November 29, 2017
Mike Nichols on federal tax spending at local school districts
The Jerry Bader Show: October 31, 2017
RightWisconsin Conversations with Michael Jahr
RightWisconsin podcast: October 25, 2017
WPRI becomes the Badger Institute
Today's TMJ4: October 24, 2017
Mike Nichols on name change from WPRI
The Jerry Bader Show: October 18, 2017
Local schools deserve local control
Sheboygan Press: October 1, 2017
Local schools deserve local control
WisPolitics.com: September 26, 2017
Walker objects to challenger's Wisconsin education plan
USnews.com: September 14, 2017
Green Bay barber testifying to Legislature
Rock 94.7 FM: August 23, 2017
Green Bay barber testifying to Legislature
WSAU.com: August 23, 2017
Barber, UW student to explain how licensure stymies their startups
WisBusiness.com: August 23, 2017
Look down the road in transportation funding debate
The Cap Times: July 21, 2017
Wisconsin residents still pay a mother lode of taxes
Wisconsin State Journal: July 6, 2017
Dems attempt to mobilize lobbyists against licensing reform
Media Trackers: July 6, 2017