Removing the lower rung of the ladder

A higher minimum wage doesn't help those who invariably lose their jobs.

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Few marijuana offenders in prison

Incarceration is rare for pot-only convictions; coupled with municipal policies, Wisconsin has, in effect, decriminalized marijuana

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Criminal Justice Reform Recommendations for Wisconsin Policymakers

Policy ideas from the Wisconsin Criminal Justice Coalition

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Telehealth Changes in Wisconsin

They're working and should be made permanent

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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.

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.

Julie Grace talks expungement reform

Badger Institute Policy Analyst Julie Grace discussed expungement reform on WPR's "Central Time"
March 4, 2021

Florida’s corrections data law: A model for Wisconsin

If Wisconsin policymakers want to reform the state’s criminal justice system in a way that achieves better outcomes for taxpayers, communities and offenders, they will need detailed, accurate and robust data.

How Missouri Passed the Best Licensure Reform Bill in the Country

In 2020, Missouri joined a growing coalition of states in reforming their occupational licensure laws. We hosted an event with Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield) and Sen. Brian Williams (D-St. Louis) to discuss how they accomplished this

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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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Wisconsin residents and conservative luminaries discuss the life-changing work of the Badger Institute

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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