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Wisconsin Free Market Coalition: Extend Regulatory and Licensing Relief

Adopting these reforms on a permanent basis will allow continued care and innovation in healthcare, ensuring Wisconsin is positioned to best respond to future public health emergencies.
June 23, 2020

The pandemic and the UW System

With fewer students and huge deficits likely, the state should consider closing some campuses and following online model for certain courses
Ike Brannon - June 18, 2020

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.
Michael Matheson Miller - May 26, 2020

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.
May 13, 2020

The Cost of Shutting Down Wisconsin's Economy

Partial shutdown costs state $178.9 million in lost GDP every day
By Andrew Hanson
May 2020

A reasoned response to the COVID-19 crisis

Badger Institute analysts and visiting fellows have weighed in on the COVID-19 health and economic crisis from a variety of perspectives over the past several weeks.
By Ike Brannon, David Fladeboe, Julie Grace, Robert W. Poole Jr. and Marie Rohde

WMC unveils model for re-opening Wisconsin businesses

Plan would take into account regional risk factors and let consumers decide
David Fladeboe - April 24, 2020

Timing important on compassionate release

Move would stress support and health care systems throughout the state
Patrick Hughes - April 22, 2020

Outside government: compassion, innovation, flexibility

Wisconsinites rush to help neighbors in need during crisis, prove fundamental goodness of civil society
Marie Rohde - April 21, 2020

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

Bill includes coalition recommendations for addressing the crisis
April 15, 2020

Coalition COVID-19 letter to legislators

We believe that the road to recovery is paved with free-market reforms that remove burdensome red tape, empower families and local leaders, and provide relief to small businesses and workers.
April 14, 2020

Less driving, less tax revenue

Highway funding, which relies on the gas tax, will be hard hit as fuel sales decline
Robert W. Poole Jr. - April 14, 2020

State law inflates prescription drug costs

Wisconsin's minimum markup law is particularly egregious when Wisconsinites are suffering
Ike Brannon - April 9, 2020

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.
April 8, 2020

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.
April 8, 2020

Analysis: Crisis is no excuse for abandoning fiscal restraint

Wisconsin would be worse off had responsible budgeting not produced healthy surplus, rainy day fund
David Fladeboe - April 6, 2020

Telemedicine to the rescue

In wake of COVID-19, telehealth regulations have been loosened; those changes should remain even after crisis is over
Martha Njolomole and Julie Grace - April 2, 2020

Guidelines for addressing an emergency

These principles should guide Wisconsin lawmakers as they confront the current public health and economic crisis
David Fladeboe - April 1, 2020

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.
March 31, 2020

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

Home detention one option for helping prevent virus’ spread while maintaining public safety
Patrick Hughes - April 1, 2020

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

Arizona, Pennsylvania paved way for full licensure recognition
Julie Grace - March 25, 2020

State licensing barriers hindering healthcare workers during crisis

Lawmakers should streamline regulations so more people can work
Julie Grace - March 23, 2020

The cost of Wisconsin's opioid crisis

Beyond the lives lost and countless other tragedies related to addiction, the opioid epidemic imposes a heavy monetary cost in Wisconsin.
Ike Brannon and Devorah Goldman - May 4, 2017

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