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Oppose tax increase on Wisconsin families

Coalition letter to Wisconsin legislators regarding proposed propane tax
November 5, 2021

Year
  • 2018

LISTEN: Angela Rachidi discusses employment and the safety net

Wisconsin’s unemployment situation has rebounded, but participation in government programs remains elevated. Angela K. Rachidi, PhD is the author of a Badger Institute report “Employment and the Safety Net During the Pandemic”
October 21, 2021

Year
  • 2018

McIlheran joins Badger Institute to lead Mandate for Madison project

New staff and board members will increase institute’s reach and impact
October 20, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Policy brief: Despite Wisconsin’s strong economic recovery, participation in government programs remains high

Lawmakers should reinstate work requirements to encourage labor force participation, says author
October 11, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Wisconsin taxpayers to benefit from tax withholding change

Many workers will see more in their 2022 paychecks as a result
October 8, 2021

Year
  • 2018

LISTEN: Mike Nichols Discusses the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Badger Institute President and Author Mike Nichols and Kewaskum resident Gordy Haberman discuss the loss of his daughter Andrea Haberman on 9/11 in the World Trade Center's North Tower - with Meg Ellefson on WSAU Feedback.
September 10, 2021

Year
  • 2018

OPINION: Last Call to Save Milwaukee Public Schools

With $800 million at stake, it’s time to finally dismantle the School Board and give control to a reform-minded leader
August 31, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Seeking Fall Interns

Learn more about the internship opportunities available this Fall
August 20, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Evers administration should update income tax withholding schedules to align with tax relief

Failure to do so will result in taxpayers providing a $700 million interest-free loan to the government in both 2021 and 2022
July 13, 2021

Year
  • 2021

Hair braiders free to practice in Wisconsin

New law makes it clear natural braiders don’t need state license
July 9, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Governor, Legislature deserve applause for meaningful tax reform

Tax relief in 2021-’23 budget will provide substantial relief to individuals, families and businesses
July 8, 2021

Year
  • 2021
Subject
  • Taxes & Public Finance

Badger Institute commends Gov. Evers, Legislature for new police reform laws

These bipartisan, even-handed measures will provide better data, accountability
June 23, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Wisconsin Assembly passes three police reform bills and expungement reform

Reforms recommended by Badger Institute will increase transparency, work opportunities
June 17, 2021

Subject
  • Criminal Justice

Badger Institute launches new podcast series "Free Exchange"

Premiere features youngest hostage during 1979 embassy crisis in Iran, now president of Mosinee school board
June 15, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Badger Institute, WILL release roadmap for licensing reform

Primer analyzes proposed policies and makes recommendations for Wisconsin
June 14, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Coalition urges passage of expungement bill

Conservative organizations, business groups support commonsense reforms
June 3, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Free Market Coalition venture capital letter

The Evers administration included a $100 million public venture capital fund in its state budget proposal. While the Republican-controlled Legislature cut 400 items from the governor’s budget, this measure survived. In an open letter, the Wisconsin Free Market Coalition today calls on legislators to jettison this expensive and risky proposal.
May 26, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Badger Institute hires development director, digital marketing manager

Nichols: Both hires are 'rare finds'
May 10, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Badger Institute commends Senate passage of dental therapy bill

Legislation would provide access to hundreds of thousands of underserved Wisconsinites
April 14, 2021

Year
  • 2018

New poll reveals overwhelming support for reforming Wisconsin's criminal justice system

A majority of Wisconsin voters believe the state’s criminal justice system needs significant improvements, expungement law needs reform; voters overwhelmingly agree the criminal justice system should ensure people are less likely to commit another crime & help people become productive, law-abiding citizens.
April 7, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Policy Brief: Few marijuana offenders in Wisconsin go to prison

Incarceration is rare for pot-only convictions; coupled with municipal policies, Wisconsin has effectively decriminalized marijuana
March 15, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Roadmap for common-sense criminal justice reform

Coalition releases recommendations to guide Wisconsin policymakers
February 17, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Expungement Reform Circulated in Legislature

Badger Institute urges legislators to advance this meaningful reform
January 20, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Analyzing DOC proposed changes to community supervision

New policy brief focuses on seven key reforms
January 10, 2021

Year
  • 2018

Police discipline in Wisconsin rare, lacking in transparency

Brief suggests ways to make officer discipline fair, quick, transparent and decisive
November 3, 2020

Year
  • 2018

Report: W-2 Transition Program Fails to Connect Low-income Parents with Work

Parents with disabilities or health limitations often time out of the program or end up on disability insurance
October 28, 2020

Year
  • 2018

Force used in 3% of arrests in biggest Wisconsin cities

Badger Institute urges legislators to mandate better statewide data
August 31, 2020

Year
  • 2018

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

Year
  • 2018

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

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

Year
  • 2018

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

Year
  • 2018
  • 2019
Subject
  • COVID-19

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

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • COVID-19

Report: Absence and Violation

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

Year
  • 2018

Wisconsin's Missing Rung

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

Year
  • 2018

Taxpayers Taken for a Ride

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

Year
  • 2018

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

Year
  • 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

Year
  • 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

Year
  • 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

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Corrections Reform
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Regulation
  • Taxes & Public Finance

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

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Regulation
  • Taxes & Public Finance

Badger Institute growth continues

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

Year
  • 2018

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

Year
  • 2018

Tax Foundation analyzes tax proposals in Gov. Evers' budget

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

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Taxes & Public Finance

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

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Taxes & Public Finance

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

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Toll Roads
  • Transportation

Badger Institute applauds movement toward dental therapy

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

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Dental therapy
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Health Care & Insurance
  • Licensing and Regulation
  • Regulation

Expungement reform will help nonviolent offenders gain employment

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

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Corrections Reform
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Society/Culture

Badger Institute grows team, moves to larger office

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

Year
  • 2019

Partners in Hope: A journey of second chances

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

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Corrections Reform
  • Courts
  • Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Society/Culture

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

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Federalism
  • Government & Politics
  • Regulation
  • State Of Wisconsin Budget
  • Taxes & Public Finance

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

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Economic Development
  • Economy / Jobs

Rethinking Wisconsin's Highways with Robert Poole

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

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Toll Roads
  • Transportation

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

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Taxes & Public Finance

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

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Economic Development
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Taxes & Public Finance

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

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Licensing and Regulation
  • Regulation

Tax attorney Jay Miller named Badger Institute visiting fellow

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

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Taxes & Public Finance

Badger Institute launches Center for Opportunity

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

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Corrections Reform
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economic Development
  • Economy / Jobs

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

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Toll Roads
  • Transportation

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

Year
  • 2016
Subject
  • Education, Post K12

Common-sense licensure reform bills headed to governor

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

Year
  • 2017
Subject
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Licensing and Regulation

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

Year
  • 2017
Subject
  • Taxes & Public Finance

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

Year
  • 2017

Tom Howatt elected board chairman of WPRI

Howatt replaces James Klauser - November 2013

Welcome to PRImings

WPRI launches digital newsletter - July 2014

Year
  • 2014

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

Year
  • 2017
Subject
  • Education, K12
  • Federalism

Federalization of DPI

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

Year
  • 2017
Subject
  • Education, K12
  • Federalism
  • State Of Wisconsin Budget
  • Taxes & Public Finance

Federal audits on school spending

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

Year
  • 2016
Subject
  • Education, K12
  • Federalism

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

Year
  • 2016
Subject
  • Federalism
  • Taxes & Public Finance

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

Year
  • 2016
Subject
  • Federalism
  • Government & Politics
  • Regulation
  • Taxes & Public Finance
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