A special need for dental care

Dental therapists could help address oral care shortage.

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Filling a gap for the disadvantaged

Creating the dental therapy profession in Wisconsin would improve oral health for disadvantaged populations and create jobs without additional costs to taxpayers.

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Badger Institute launches new podcast "Free Exchange"

Witness to history: The first episode features a Wisconsin school board president who 40 years ago was taken hostage during the embassy crisis in Iran.


Wisconsin Assembly passes three police reform bills and expungement reform

Reforms recommended by Badger Institute will increase transparency, work oppourtunities

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Wisconsin's surplus presents opportunity for down payment on future economic growth

A menu of pro-growth tax reform options from the Tax Foundation and the Badger Institute.

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Evers administration should update income tax withholding schedules to align with tax relief

Failure to do so will result in taxpayers providing a $700 million interest-free loan to the government in both 2021 and 2022
July 13, 2021

Governor, Legislature deserve applause for meaningful tax reform

Tax relief in 2021-’23 budget will provide substantial relief to individuals, families and businesses
July 8, 2021

An Independence Day Message from President Mike Nichols

We hope you have a great Independence Day!

Coalition urges passage of expungement bill

Conservative organizations, business groups support commonsense reforms
June 3, 2021

Occupational Licensing in Wisconsin: A Roadmap for Reform

In a joint brief with the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, we lay out the problems with occupational licensing in Wisconsin and what meaningful reforms can be enacted.
By Julie Grace and Kyle Koenen
June 14, 2021

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.

Milwaukee streetcar struggles to rebound, bleeds red ink

The Hop runs a $3 million deficit every year, yet city leaders say it's too expensive to shut down.
By FOX6 Investigative Reporter Bryan Polcyn
June 9, 2021

See our Findings

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

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

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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