The Policy Circle & Badger Institute: Move the Needle Virtual Experience: Free Speech Series
The Policy Circle and the Badger Institute are excited to launch a Move the Needle Virtual Experience series focused on the implications of free speech in our society today. These virtual programs will be moderated by The Policy Circle’s Executive Director, Stacy Blakeley, and will feature leading experts on censorship, big tech, freedom of expression and education, and disinformation.
Please join the Badger Institute and Policy Circle on Wednesday, May 26, 12 PM CT for the third and final conversation in this series: It’s Spreading: Identifying and Stopping Disinformation. We’ll be joined by Len Apcar, Professional-in-Residence and holder of the Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy at Louisiana State University, Jenna Lee, former Fox News anchor and Founder of SmartHER News and John Gable, Founder and CEO of AllSides.
Please learn more and register to attend here.
AF-MKE & Badger Institute: Thomas Sowell Virtual Screening & Discussion
Join AFF-Milwaukee, the Badger Institute, and Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason Riley for a virtual film screening and conversation about his new film, “Thomas Sowell: Common Sense in a Senseless World" by Free To Choose® Media. This virtual sneak peek will take place on Thursday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. This event is free and will take place over Zoom. An RSVP on Eventbrite is required for attendance.
6:00pm - Welcome and Introductions
6:05pm - Sneak Peek of “Thomas Sowell: Common Sense in a Senseless World”
6:15pm - Live Q&A discussion with AF-Milwaukee & Badger Institute's Kirsten Golinski and WSJ’s Jason Riley
6:45pm - Event Ends
Please sign up here.
Badger Institute Symposium Series: It’s time to reform Wisconsin’s expungement law
March 24, 2021
10am – 11am
Wisconsin’s expungement law is flawed and unlike any other in the nation. The law, designed to allow for people with low-level, non-violent offenses to essentially have their record sealed, is so restrictive that it makes it difficult for anyone to receive an expungement and creates disparities among those who do.
Expungement is intended to help people pursue jobs, housing and other opportunities as they work to turn their lives around. A bipartisan group of Wisconsin lawmakers, backed by a broad coalition of supporters, are advancing legislation that would change the law to make it more equitable and effective.
Join the Badger Institute on March 24, 2021, at 10 a.m. for 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.
In a conversation moderated by Badger Institute Policy Analyst Julie Grace, Thompson and McCloud will discuss the shortcomings of the current law and the benefits that reform would provide to those seeking a second chance.
Please sign up here.
Virtual Event: Florida’s bipartisan corrections data law: A model for Wisconsin
Join the Badger Institute, Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Right on Crime-Florida Director Chelsea Murphy on Thursday, January 7.
About this Event
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 to better understand how the current system works and how it can be improved.
Unfortunately, much of the basic information on our state’s criminal justice system is unavailable, uncollected or un-reported. But better models exist, like Florida’s 2018 Criminal Justice Data Transparency initiative, the nation’s most comprehensive criminal justice data collection law.
Join the Badger Institute on Jan. 7, 2021, at 10 a.m. CT for a virtual discussion with bill author and Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Chris Sprowls and Right on Crime Florida State Director Chelsea Murphy.
In a conversation moderated by Badger Institute policy analyst Julie Grace, they will discuss what the bill does, how they passed such a substantial measure with bipartisan support and what advice they would give Wisconsin lawmakers.
Sign up to attend here.
Join the Badger Institute and the Center of the American Experiment for a series of conversations on how state policy can determine who comes out ahead
Oct. 29-30, 2020
Can we look at the states as “laboratories of democracy,” as Louis Brandeis famously called them, in order to pursue better policy?
At this event, Center of the American Experiment Economist John Phelan will present on his research comparing the economic performances of neighboring counties on either side of the Minnesota border. John will share his findings on Minnesota and Wisconsin, and discuss the insight it gives us into the economic impacts of state policies.
Badger Institute President Mike Nichols will discuss a year-long, in-depth tax analysis conducted by his organization and the Tax Foundation. The report details how Wisconsin’s overall tax structure remains behind competitor states in simplicity, tax rates and business climate for residents and investment. He’ll also discuss other policies that impact interstate competitiveness, especially in border communities.
Then, Tax Foundation Senior Policy Analyst Katherine Loughead will discuss how Wisconsin and Minnesota rank in the Tax Foundation’s forthcoming 2021 State Business Tax Climate Index, and how these states can become more competitive both regionally and nationally. The discussion will include insight on how and why tax rates and structures impact a state’s competitiveness, especially along its borders.
This series of events will take place at the following times and locations:
October 29, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. - Stillwater, Minnesota
October 30, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Duluth, Minnesota
Virtual Symposium: How Missouri passed the best occupational licensure reform bill in the country
Sept. 23, 2020
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
In July, Missouri joined a growing number of states that have adopted universal licensing recognition laws that make it easier for people to work. The measure passed with bipartisan support. In this time of economic distress, Wisconsin policymakers should follow suit.
Among other things, the bill expands out-of-state license recognition and makes it easier for people with criminal records to secure a license.
On Sept. 23, Missouri State Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield) and State Sen. Brian Williams (D-St. Louis) will join Badger Institute Policy Analyst Julie Grace for a virtual discussion on how the reform bill benefits a range of workers and on the bipartisan efforts that led to its passage.
Virtual Symposium: Hope for America
Sept. 17, 2020
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CDT
Are police-community relations beyond repair? An inspiring Nevada reentry program demonstrates that trust and friendship can exist between local law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Join us Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CDT for a virtual discussion with:
Jon Ponder, founder and CEO of Hope for Prisoners and a repeat offender who was recently pardoned by President Trump
Kevin McMahill, undersheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
In a conversation moderated by Badger Institute President Mike Nichols we’ll address the following questions:
· Is the narrative of reckless cops routinely employing excessive force an accurate one?
· Can steps be taken to avoid a repeat of the events that recently took place in Kenosha?
· How can mutual distrust and hostility be replaced by relationship and respect?
· Nearly every police department claims to be engaged in community relations. What are effective strategies that determine success in these efforts?
“On a national level, there’s no simple answer to the question ‘How did we get here?’ History, hard hearts, unchecked behavior and, yes, racism have each played a role. The bigger question is ‘How do we change?’
“Local law enforcement plays a crucial role in supporting, encouraging and mentoring our clients through their journey. Members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department volunteer their time. I have seen oﬃcers well up with tears as the men and women they mentored graduated from our program. When we look beneath the surface—past a uniform, past a tattoo, past any choices that we have made in the past—we ﬁnd we are all much more alike than we are diﬀerent.”
- Jon Ponder in the Wall Street Journal
Links to relevant Badger Institute work:
Police Use of Force: How Common Is It?
Unlocking Potential, including a profile of Hope for Prisoners
Video: Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration in Wisconsin
Join the Badger Institute on Tuesday, August 25, for a virtual discussion with State Rep. John Nygren on the state's looming budget crisis.
About this Event
Tue, August 25, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT
The pandemic and related government shutdowns sent shockwaves through the economy, and lawmakers are just beginning to grasp the implications.
As state officials begin to map out the budget for 2021-22, they will have to grapple with diminished tax revenues, a sluggish economy and ballooning Medicaid enrollment.
You are invited to join State Rep. John Nygren, co-chair of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, and David Fladeboe, public affairs associate of the Badger Institute, for an interactive Zoom discussion of the looming state budget crisis.
Nygren, first elected to the Assembly in 2006 and co-chair of JFC since 2013, has been at the center of the budget process for years. He will offer his insights on the current budget situation and possible strategies for addressing the shortfall.
The Badger Institute has also extended an invitation to the Evers administration to provide an assessment of the budget crisis.
State Rep. John Nygren David Fladeboe
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Reviving Wisconsin’s Economy Through Tax Reform
Wednesday, July 15
10:00 am CT (60 mins)
Reviving Wisconsin’s Economy Through Tax Reform
Senior Policy Analyst for the Tax Foundation and principal author of Wisconsin Tax Options: A Guide to Fair, Simple, Pro-Growth Reform
President of the Badger Institute
You are invited to join Badger Institute President Mike Nichols and Tax Foundation Senior Policy Analyst Katherine Loughead on Tax Day, July 15, for an interactive Zoom discussion of tax reform options that can stimulate growth, revive businesses, decrease unemployment and refill government coffers.
How Wisconsin can save businesses, create jobs and refill government coffers
Wisconsin workers and businesses have suffered a series of body blows in 2020. Thousands of businesses were closed and hundreds of thousands of workers sidelined by a combination of coronavirus, economic shutdown and civil unrest.
Businesses large and small are at a tipping point. Workers are reeling as record-low unemployment levels morphed into near-record-high levels in a matter of months.
Government entities are also feeling the pinch as tax revenues from all sources decline. Services ranging from education to infrastructure are likely to have fewer resources as the state economy struggles.
In addition, Loughead and Nichols will discuss:
- How the federal CARES Act will affect the future of state and local tax policy in Wisconsin.
- How Wisconsin can improve its unemployment insurance tax status to prevent employers from taking another hit.
Badger Institute Symposium Series
Please join the Badger Institute for a roundtable discussion on work, poverty and the use of federal safety nets to promote self-reliance
When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Where: Wisconsin State Capitol - North Hearing Room
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Angela Rachidi: Served as deputy commissioner for the New York City Department of Social Services from 2007-2015. She is now a Rowe Scholar in poverty studies at the American Enterprise Institute and is author of the new Badger Institute report "Wisconsin's Missing Rung"
Michael Luckey: Research assistant for Rep. Mike Rohrkaste and former director of the Wisconsin Interagency Council on Homelessness
Pastor Jerome Smith: Founder of the Joseph Project, a Wisconsin nonprofit that connects job-seekers to employment opportunities
Michael Jahr: Senior Vice President for the Badger Institute
In January, The Badger Institute released Wisconsin's Missing Rung, a report authored by Angela Rachidi, resident scholar in poverty studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Rachidi examined how the Badger State can better leverage three federal safety net programs - SNAP, TANF and the EITC - to advance employment goals for low-income families. She found that the most effective way for the state to help disadvantaged residents achieve self-reliance is to pair employment supports with policies designed to make receipt of benefits contingent upon employment. Her report concludes that while policies linked to work are critical to lifting people out of poverty, Wisconsin appears to be headed in the opposite direction.
For more details please contact Michael Jahr at 262-442-5208 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ball of Collusion: A Conversation with Andrew C. McCarthy
Co-hosted by the Badger Institute and National Review Institute
When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Where: Madison Club | Capitol Room, Madison, WI
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
-5:30 p.m. Registration | 6:00 p.m. Book Talk | Book Signing to follow
-$10 Registration Fee includes hors d'oeuvres
ABOUT THE BOOK:
This is a story about what happens when those we trust to be the guardians of our system anoint themselves the masters of our system. For our own good, of course. As for collusion, that word we’ve heard so incessantly from pundits and leaky government officials, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has rendered his judgment that there was none—at least, not the collusion he was hunting for. There really was a collusion plot, though. And it really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for self-determination. It was just not the collusion you’ve been told about.
Was the collusion narrative an elaborate fraud? And if so, choreographed by whom?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Andrew C. McCarthy, a former top federal prosecutor, is a senior fellow at National Review Institute, a contributing editor at National Review, a Fox News contributor, and a well-known commentator on legal, national security and political affairs.
McCarthy is a former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York, best known for leading the prosecution against the Blind Sheik (Omar Abdel Rahman) and 11 other jihadists for waging a terrorist war against the United States—including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a plot to bomb New York City landmarks. After the 9/11 attacks, he supervised the U.S. attorney’s command post near Ground Zero. He later served as an advisor to the deputy secretary of defense.
He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Willful Blindness: A Memoir of Jihad (2008) and The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America (2010), as well as Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy (2013) and Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment (2014). His new book, Ball of Collusion, was released on August 13, 2019.
Badger Institute's Annual Dinner Featuring Karl Rove
When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Where: Wisconsin Club, Milwaukee, WI
Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Table Sponsorships: Tables of 8 seats
Platinum Sponsorship: $10,000 - 8 tickets to VIP reception with Karl Rove, 2-page ad spread in program and priority seating
Gold Sponsorship: $5,000 - 4 tickets to VIP reception with Karl Rove, 1-page ad spread in program and preferred seating
Silver Sponsorship: $2,000 - 2 tickets to VIP reception with Karl Rove
$175 per person
$500 per person, which includes access to VIP reception with Karl Rove
Karl Rove is a visionary on public policy and one of the most sought-after, provocative and knowledgeable political pundits of our time.
Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000-2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004-2007.
Rove writes a weekly op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on the Fox News Channel and is the author of The New York Times best seller, Courage and Consequence. His latest book is The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1886 Still Matters.
To sign up, get details regarding sponsorship opportunities or have any allergy concerns please contact Kirsten Golinski at 229-894-4496
Michigan’s model for cutting crime, closing prisons and curtailing costs
In March 2017, the Michigan Legislature passed and Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a multi-bill criminal justice reform package that was the statutory culmination of several years of budgetary reforms and legislative oversight. The results were impressive:
• The consolidation and closure of 20 correctional facilities1
• A 25% reduction in prison population2
• $1.2 billion in savings/avoided costs3
• A 9% reduction in violent crime4
Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s prison population continues to grow, costs are on the rise and there’s talk of building a new prison.
Could Michigan’s reforms be a model for Wisconsin? Former Michigan state Sen. John Proos, a Marquette University graduate and Republican from St. Joseph who helped shepherd the reform package through the Legislature, believes the answer is yes.
More than 60 legislators, department heads, legislative staff and others attended our Capitol event on May 22 at which, Proos, former chair of the legislative budget subcommittees overseeing corrections and the judiciary budgets, described the bipartisan reform measures Michigan adopted and the dramatic improvements that followed.
Watch Video Here.
1Between 2005 and 2018, Senate Fiscal Agency, Winter 2019 report. 251,800 inmates in December 2007 compared to 38,800 in December 2018. 3Annual savings in 2018. 42017 compared to 2010 per https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s./.
The premiere of “The Pursuit”
On April 29, America's Future Foundation/Conservative Young Professionals and the Badger Institute hosted the Milwaukee premiere of the AEI documentary “The Pursuit” at Marcus Southgate Cinema.
Professional musician turned intrepid economist, American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks travels around the globe in search of an answer to the question: How can we lift up the world, starting with those at the margins of society?
His journey takes him through the chaotic streets of Mumbai, a town in Kentucky left behind by the global economy, a homeless shelter in New York, a street protest in Barcelona and a Himalayan Buddhist monastery. Along the way, he discovers the secrets not only to material progress for the least fortunate but also true and lasting happiness for all.
Watch Trailer Here.
Common-sense Solutions for Wisconsin
The Badger Institute's Policy Symposium, "Common-sense Solutions for Wisconsin," was held on Feb. 20, 2019, at the state Capitol in Madison.
The symposium introduced common-sense ideas and strategies designed to make Wisconsin a better place to live, work, raise a family and do business. Scholars, experts and distinguished guests offered policy ideas to inform and inspire on topics ranging from transportation funding to criminal justice reform to the ideal tax structure for our state.
Wisconsin’s Ideal Pro-Growth Tax Structure
Katherine Loughead, Policy Analyst with the Center for State Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation
Joe Bishop-Henchman, Executive Vice President at the Tax Foundation
Mike Nichols, President of the Badger Institute
► Watch Video here.
► View PowerPoint Here.
Proven Successes in Criminal Justice Reform
Cecelia Klingele, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School
Tom Lyons, State Director, Wisconsin Right on Crime
Jeremiah Mosteller, Policy Liaison for the Charles Koch Institute
► Watch Video of Presentation Here.
Occupational Licensing: At What Cost?
Dr. Morris Kleiner, Professor and AFL-CIO Chair in Labor Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and co-author of “At What Cost? State and National Estimates of the Economic Costs of Occupational Licensing.”
► Watch Video Here.
► View PowerPoint Here.
Transportation Needs and Funding
Dale Knapp, Director, Forward Analytics
Robert W. Poole Jr., Director of Transportation Policy at the Reason Foundation and author of “Rethinking America's Highways: A 21st-Century Vision for Better Infrastructure.”
► Watch Video Here.
► View Knapp's PowerPoint Here.
► View Poole's PowerPoint Here.