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A Tale of Two States: Wisconsin Crime Trends, 2017-2022

A Tale of Two States: Wisconsin Crime Trends, 2017-2022
by Sean Kennedy
September 27, 2022

Toward Swifter Justice: Overburdened Prosecutors & Public Defenders Linked to WI Court Backlogs

Toward Swifter Justice: Overburdened Prosecutors & Public Defenders Linked to WI Court Backlogs
By Jeremiah Mosteller
September 27, 2022

The Thinning Blue Line: Milwaukee Police Department’s Attrition Crisis

The Thinning Blue Line: Milwaukee Police Department’s Attrition Crisis
By Sean Kennedy
September 27, 2022

Off Track: An Assessment of Wisconsin’s Early Care and Learning System for Young Children

Off Track: An Assessment of Wisconsin’s Early Care and Learning System for Young Children
By Angela Rachidi
September 20, 2022

Common-sense Healthcare Reforms for Wisconsin

Common-sense Healthcare Reforms for Wisconsin
By Daniel Sem, Ph.D., J.D. & Scott Niederjohn, Ph.D.
September 16, 2022

Dental Therapy Can Fill Gaps in Care and Access

Dental Therapy Can Fill Gaps in Care and Access
By Ken Wysocky
September 15, 2022

For a New Civil Society

For a New Civil Society
By Eloise Anderson
September 8, 2022

Wisconsin’s Economy: A Comparative Study

Wisconsin’s Economy: A Comparative Study
by Andrew Hanson
September 6, 2022

Increasing Minimum Wage Simply Doesn’t Help

Increasing Minimum Wage Simply Doesn’t Help
By Ken Wysocky
August 31, 2022

Occupational Licensing: Get Out of the Way of Work

Occupational Licensing: Get Out of the Way of Work
August 29, 2022

How to future-proof Wisconsin’s highway funding

How to future-proof Wisconsin’s highway funding
By Robert W. Poole Jr. and Benita Cotton-Orr
August 23, 2022

“Ban the Box” policies may hurt the job-seekers they aim to help

Recent and rigorous academic evaluations suggest that such policies aren’t effective at increasing employment among the formerly incarcerated.
August 11, 2022

Ensuring Opportunity: Altering Wisconsin’s Safety Net to Encourage Upward Mobility

What Wisconsin leaders can do to better address poverty in the Badger State through reforms to the federal safety net
By Angela Rachidi
August 4, 2022

Report: Tax Reform Options to Improve Wisconsin’s Competitiveness

A new report from the Tax Foundation and the Badger Institute offers five comprehensive tax reform options to enhance Wisconsin’s tax competitiveness by reducing harmful taxes on labor and investment.

A Roadmap for Healthcare Reform in Wisconsin

Wisconsin could help lead the nation in empowering patient-consumers to seek care in a functioning market with upfront transparent pricing.
By Daniel Sem, Ph.D., J.D. & Scott Niederjohn, Ph.D.
July 5, 2022

Policy Brief: Forgiving Student Loan Debt

Who wins and who loses?
May 25, 2022

Policy Brief: Unemployment (Over)Compensation

How the federal supplemental unemployment benefits impacted unemployment during the pandemic.
April 22, 2022

A Badger Institute Policy Brief: School Choice and Property Taxes

The estimate by the Department of Public Instruction of potential added costs to property tax payers from opening Wisconsin’s school choice programs to families of all income levels is deeply flawed.
February 25, 2022

Policy Analysis: Rethinking the evaluation of police shootings

A proposal to enhance public credibility
November 10, 2021

Employment and the Safety Net During the Pandemic

Wisconsin’s unemployment situation has rebounded, but participation in government programs remains elevated.
By Angela Rachidi
October 2021

Occupational Licensing in Wisconsin: A Roadmap for Reform

In a joint brief with the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, we lay out the problems with occupational licensing in Wisconsin and what meaningful reforms can be enacted.
By Julie Grace and Kyle Koenen
June 14, 2021

Ensuring Safety, Sobriety and Savings

The new age of electronic monitoring
By Patrick Hughes
May 2021

Statewide Criminal Justice Poll

A majority of voters believe the state’s criminal justice system needs significant improvements, nearly three-quarters believe expungement law needs reform, among other findings.
April 7, 2021

Few marijuana offenders in prison

Incarceration is rare for pot-only convictions; coupled with municipal policies, Wisconsin has, in effect, decriminalized marijuana.
By Julie Grace
March 2021

Criminal Justice Reform Recommendations

The Wisconsin Criminal Justice Coalition, led by the Badger Institute, offers policy ideas for combating recidivism, fostering opportunity, saving taxpayer money and maintaining public safety in its second edition of Criminal Justice Reform Recommendations.
February 2021

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