Civil Society in a Time of Pandemic

We have a chance right now to renew civil society, strengthen our social fabric, revitalize localism and show our political elites that we can indeed govern ourselves

By Michael Matheson Miller


Badger Institute President Mike Nichols talks to Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce

Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Dave Eckmann interviews Mike Nichols of the Badger Institute



The Cost of Shutting Down Wisconsin's Economy

Partial shutdown costs state $178.9 million in lost GDP every day

By Andrew Hanson





WMC unveils model for re-opening Wisconsin businesses

Plan would take into account regional risk factors and let consumers decide

By David Fladeboe


Now is not the time for widespread 'compassionate release'

Move would stress support and health care systems throughout the state.

By Patrick Hughes



Outside government: compassion, innovation, flexibility

Wisconsinites rush to help neighbors in need during crisis, prove fundamental goodness of civil society

By Marie Rohde



Free-market coalition applauds responsible reforms contained within coronavirus relief package

Bill includes coalition recommendations for addressing the crisis




Less driving, less tax revenue

Highway funding, which relies on the gas tax, will be hard hit as fuel sales decline.

By Robert W. Poole Jr.



State law inflates prescription drug costs

Wisconsin's minimum markup law is particularly egregious when Wisconsinites are suffering

By Ike Brannon



Free-Market Coalition: 7 Ways to Help Workers, Economy During Crisis

A free-market coalition of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin, the Badger Institute, and MacIver Institute have pooled their resources to offer some solutions and policy recommendations to assist the state’s workers and businesses, provide more certainty during the crisis, and spur a quick and lasting recovery.


Analysis: Crisis is no excuse for abandoning fiscal restraint

Wisconsin would be worse off had responsible budgeting not produced healthy surplus, rainy day fund

By David Fladeboe



Telemedicine to the rescue

In wake of COVID-19, telehealth regulations have been loosened; those changes should remain even after crisis is over

By Martha Njolomole Julie Grace


Guidelines for addressing an emergency

These principles should guide Wisconsin lawmakers as they confront the current public health and economic crisis

By David Fladeboe


Analysis: Governor, courts shift virus risks, responsibilities onto county jails

Home detention one option for helping prevent virus' spread while maintaining public safety

By Patrick Hughes



Continue to Cut Red Tape to Fight Pandemic

After Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order to cut red tape on medical licensing, the Badger Institute, Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, The MacIver Institute and Americans for Prosperity urge the governor and state Legislature to continue to cut red tape to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Wisconsin.




Analysis: Wisconsin's military licensing reciprocity law a model for broader reform

Arizona, Pennsylvania paved way for full licensure recognition

By Julie Grace



State licensing barriers hindering healthcare workers during crisis

Lawmakers should streamline regulations so more people can work

By Julie Grace