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Badger Institute report: partial shutdown costs state $178.9 million in lost GDP every day

Economic impact varies widely across Wisconsin counties
May 5, 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

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

Report: Absence and Violation

Wisconsin licensing boards routinely in violation of law requiring public representation
January 14, 2020

Wisconsin's Missing Rung

Policies linked to work are critical to lifting people out of poverty
January 7, 2020

Taxpayers Taken for a Ride

Video shows how The Hop fleeces taxpayers while the Joseph Project creates them.
September 5, 2019

New Hire Will Enhance Badger Institute Digital Media Efforts, Audience Development

Martin will expand the Badger Institute’s social media engagement, improve user friendliness of the website and grow the institute’s reach throughout the Badger State.
July 23, 2019

Administration should not divert state highway funds to Milwaukee streetcar

State funding for local roads should be used only for projects that create better and more efficient transportation routes or spur economic development.
July 23, 2019

Badger Institute Calls for New Tolling Study

A tolling system on our interstate highways will make sure that all cars using our roads, even those from out of state, will contribute toward their upkeep and maintenance.
July 3, 2019

Ex-offenders under watch

Revocation study looks at Wisconsin's complex community corrections system and why many on supervision are failing.
July 1, 2019

Leaving Illinois for Wisconsin

Wisconsin's pro-growth, fiscally responsible policies are drawing an increasing number of Illinois residents to the state.
June 26, 2019

Badger Institute growth continues

Institute adds public affairs associate, corrections consultant and visiting fellow to team.
May 30, 2019

Badger Institute seeks new public affairs, communications staffers

Institute also announces promotion of Michael Jahr to senior vice president, addition of Gail Hanson to Board of Directors.
April 3, 2019

Tax Foundation analyzes tax proposals in Gov. Evers' budget

Income tax credits paired with numerous tax increases.
March 21, 2019

Wisconsin Tax Options: A Guide to Simple, Fair, Pro-Growth Reform

A new Badger Institute and Tax Foundation report offers a menu of reforms to foster opportunity and make Wisconsin more competitive.
February 13, 2019

Badger Institute applauds movement toward dental therapy

Reform would address WI provider shortage, particularly for children on Medicaid.
February 12, 2019

WI legislative leaders say tolling necessary for upgrading, maintaining highway system

WI can pioneer 21st century interstates, become a model for other states.
February 7, 2019

Expungement reform will help nonviolent offenders gain employment

Badger Institute analysis: Current restrictions undermine lawmakers' intent, create obstacles to employment.
January 29, 2019

Badger Institute grows team, moves to larger office

Nichols: Growth will allow even greater impact on key policy issues.
January 21, 2019

Partners in Hope: A journey of second chances

When law enforcement and ex-offenders come together, good things can happen.
November 14, 2018

Federal government slowly taking over state budget, policy-making and workforce

New Badger Institute book finds federal grants deprive us of our money, liberty and trust.
October 8, 2018

Badger Institute report offers blueprint for increasing labor force participation in Wisconsin

Authors: Even a small increase would have large economic impact.
August 9, 2018

Online sales tax revenue presents opportunity for permanent, comprehensive tax reform in Wisconsin

A policy brief from the Tax Foundation and the Badger Institute.
August 2018

Rethinking Wisconsin's Highways with Robert Poole

Join us in Milwaukee for lunch, presentation and book signing with Robert Poole.
July 2018

Badger Institute names two new visiting fellows

Economists Ike Brannon and Andrew Hanson will provide research and commentary on a wide range of policy issues.
May 24, 2018

Governor signs bill reforming chiropractic licensure standards

Measure eliminates Wisconsin’s arbitrary higher exam scores, which had fenced out many aspiring chiropractors.
April 16, 2018

Tax attorney Jay Miller named Badger Institute visiting fellow

Says 'there has never been more opportune moment' for Wisconsin tax reform.
February 20, 2018

Badger Institute launches Center for Opportunity

Institute welcomes first member of new Visiting Fellows Program.
February 14, 2018

Value-added tolling would address Gov. Walker's concerns

Wisconsin ranks #38 in Reason Foundation’s annual report on best and worst state highway systems.
February 13, 2018

Common-sense licensure reform bills headed to governor

Measures lift onerous restrictions on barbers and cosmetologists that stifle careers and businesses.
November 9, 2017

Badger Institute on tax reform

Badger Institute welcomes State Assembly commitment to comprehensive tax reform.
Institute and Tax Foundation moving forward with analysis of state tax structure and policy recommendations for 2019 budget.
November 2, 2017

WPRI is now the Badger Institute

On its 30th anniversary, institute announces new, ambitious tax policy initiative, new magazine, fellows program and statewide events.
October 19, 2017

Wisconsin's ESSA plan

Following institute's story, Gov. Scott Walker asks Department of Public Instruction to resubmit Wisconsin federal funding plan.
September 13, 2017

Federalization of DPI

Institute releases data on the federalization of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
January 24, 2017

Federal audits on school spending

Analysis: Wisconsin school districts call federal audits illogical, duplicative and burden to staff and taxpayers.
October 11, 2016

Rep. Duffy calls for HUD response to tribe's misuse of funds

Congressman Sean Duffy calls for HUD response to tribe’s misuse of funds detailed in WPRI ‘Federal Grant$tanding’ stories.
October 7, 2016

Institute launches 'Federal Grant$tanding' project

The “Federal Grant$tanding” project is a multi-year investigation of the growth in federal grants used by D.C. politicians to curry favor with voters.
September 15, 2016

UW graduation rates holding back Wisconsin

UW System graduation rates holding Wisconsin back. Authors of WPRI report suggest recreating four-year outstate campuses.
September 2016