Spring 2020

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Editor's Note

Balancing risks with freedom
By Mike Nichols

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Harmful history of government set-asides

Preferential contracts undermine the truly disadvantaged, and programs are prone to fraud.
By Ken Wysocky

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Badger Briefing: Here's what we're hearing

Numbers and nuggets from trends we've observed on topics from licensing boards to school choice to property crime rates.

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Paving the way for Tesla

Outdated Wisconsin law hampers electric automaker's direct-sales business model.
By Paul Gores

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Great Lakes' natural fluctuation

Climate change has been blamed over the years for the rise ... and fall ... and rise again of lake levels.
By Bruce Edward Walker

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Socialist dream failed in Ripon

1800s utopian commune called Ceresco was established - and collapsed - just blocks from where GOP was later founded.
By Lamont Colucci

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Environmentalism is a conservative value

Protecting the environment should be a goal for individuals of every political and economic stripe.
By Bruce Edward Walker

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Frontlines: Building something that lasts

How people — and finely crafted furniture — leave an indelible imprint on our lives.
By Mike Nichols

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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

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