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Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System in Wisconsin – What We Know Thus Far

The racial disparities in Wisconsin's criminal justice system are among the worst in the country.
By Mike Nichols, Patrick Hughes and Julie Grace
July 2020

Subject
  • Corrections Reform
  • Criminal Justice

The Cost of Shutting Down Wisconsin's Economy

Partial shutdown costs state $178.9 million in lost GDP every day
By Andrew Hanson
May 2020

Subject
  • COVID-19

A Primer on Occupational Licensing

What is occupational licensing, how does it affect employment and consumer costs, and what options exist for reform?
By Julie Grace and Collin Roth
January 2020

Subject
  • Licensing and Regulation

Absence and Violation

Wisconsin licensing boards are routinely in violation of law requiring public representation.
By Julie Grace
January 2020

Subject
  • Licensing and Regulation

Wisconsin's Missing Rung

Policies linked to work are critical to lifting people out of poverty.
By Angela Rachidi, Ph.D.
January 2020

Subject
  • Economic Development
  • Economy / Jobs

Employer Handbook

Why hiring the previously incarcerated is good business.
By Julie Grace and Thomas Lyons
November 2019

Subject
  • Corrections Reform

Ex-offenders under watch

► Revocation study looks at Wisconsin's complex community corrections system and why many on supervision are failing.
By Cecelia Klingele
► Data analysis provides quantitative look at supervision terms.
By Julie Grace and Patrick Hughes
July 2019

Subject
  • Corrections Reform

Leaving Illinois for Wisconsin

POLICY BRIEF
An analysis of the accelerating outbound migration across the border to the Badger State.
By Mark J. Perry
June 2019

Subject
  • Economic Development
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Regulation
  • State Of Wisconsin Budget
  • Taxes & Public Finance

Reforming Paratransit

A better way to help the disabled get to work: Transit officials in Wisconsin have an excellent opportunity to reform and improve their transit systems by creating partnerships with ride-sharing companies.
By Baruch Feigenbaum
June 2019

Subject
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Regulation
  • Taxes & Public Finance
  • Transportation

Minimum Wage: The High Cost of Increasing the Minimum Wage in Wisconsin to $15

POLICY BRIEF
This brief provides an analysis of the high economic cost of raising Wisconsin’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Roughly 350,000 Wisconsin workers would lose their jobs, nearly one-third of all workers currently earning a wage below the proposed new minimum. The authors break down the potential job losses by industry.
By Ike Brannon and Andrew Hanson
April 2019

Subject
  • Economy / Jobs

State-Local Spending in Wisconsin

POLICY BRIEF
Wisconsin tax expert examines state and local spending trends over the last 20 years.
By Todd A. Berry
April 2019

Subject
  • Corrections Reform
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education, K12
  • Education, Post K12
  • Health Care & Insurance
  • State Of Wisconsin Budget
  • Taxes & Public Finance
  • Transportation

Transportation Funding Dilemma

A primer on Wisconsin's unsustainable transportation revenues. The state's funding challenge is exacerbated by its past reliance on borrowing.
By Dale Knapp
February 2019

Subject
  • Taxes & Public Finance
  • Toll Roads
  • Transportation

Dental Therapists: A Solution to Wisconsin's Costly Dental Access Problem?

POLICY BRIEF
Dental therapists could improve access, use and outcomes, while reducing economic costs associated with the dental care monopoly and unnecessary ER visits for dental treatment.
By Jason Hicks and Morris M. Kleiner
February 2019

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

'Banning the box,' or boxing people out?

POLICY BRIEF
Fair-chance hiring policies may hurt the job-seekers they aim to help.
February 2019

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

How Wisconsin policy punishes low-income families for getting married

POLICY BRIEF
State should make common-sense changes to Wisconsin Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to mitigate the marriage penalty.
February 2019

Subject
  • Society/Culture
  • Taxes & Public Finance

Wisconsin Tax Options: A Guide to Fair, Simple, 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 2019

Subject
  • Taxes & Public Finance

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.
October 2018

Subject
  • Corrections Reform
  • Criminal Justice

Federal Grant$tanding book

How federal grants are depriving us of our money, liberty and trust in government - and what we can do about it. New book by the Badger Institute urges states to push back.
September 2018

Subject
  • Economic Development
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Government & Politics
  • Regulation

Wisconsin: A Blueprint for More Workers

In response to a tight state labor market, our latest report offers strategies for increasing labor force participation. The authors find that increasing the participation rate by just 1 percentage point would increase gross state product by a whopping $667 annually per resident.
By Ike Brannon and Andrew Hanson
August 2018

Subject
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Workforce

Labor Force Participation Rate By County

An interactive map shows the labor force participation rate for every Wisconsin county. Washington County enjoys the highest participation rate (74.8%), while Adams County has the lowest rate (48.6%).

Subject
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Workforce

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

Subject
  • Taxes & Public Finance

Rating YoungStar

How Wisconsin's child care quality rating and improvement system measures up.
By Rob Grunewald, Michael Jahr and Matt Snyder
June 2017

Year
  • 2017
Subject
  • Education, K12

Black Robes & Blue Collars

How to let Wisconsin's judges help job-seekers and employers.
The report includes two policy briefs:
► Problems with Wisconsin's Expungement Law: How the Law is Used and How to Make It More Equitable and Effective
► Sentence Adjustment Petitions: Is this Truth-in-Sentencing Provision Really Working?
May 2017

Year
  • 2017
Subject
  • Corrections Reform

Government's Love for Licensure

(and the real-world stories of Wisconsinites cheated out of their livelihoods)

Research and stories show the need for occupational licensing reform in Wisconsin. Authors include Ike Brannon, Logan Albright, Scott Niederjohn, Mark Schug and Jan Uebelherr.
April 2017

Year
  • 2017
Subject
  • Licensing and Regulation

A common-sense approach to teacher licensure in Wisconsin

POLICY BRIEF
As the labor market for teachers evolves, we need more competition and less regulation.
By Scott Niederjohn and Mark Schug
April 2017

Year
  • 2017
Subject
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Education, K12
  • Regulation

Unlocking Potential

Wisconsin cannot afford the status quo on its corrections policy. Programs across the nation that are working to reduce recidivism should be part of the state's strategy.
Authors include Michael Flaherty, Marie Rohde, Michael Jahr, Janet Weyandt, Joe Stumpe and Gerard Robinson.
December 2016

Year
  • 2016
Subject
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Workforce

How to Recreate the Outstate University

What would an entirely new public university, created virtually from scratch and with none of the established strictures in place, look like?
By Ike Brannon and Philip Coyle
September 2016

Year
  • 2016
Subject
  • Education, Post K12

Who’s Really Winning the Border War?

Wisconsin conservatives or Minnesota liberals?
Report compares the growth and distribution of Income in Wisconsin and Minnesota after the Great Recession.
By Noah Williams, Ph.D.
May 2016

Year
  • 2016
Subject
  • Criminal Justice
  • Government & Politics
  • Law Enforcement
  • Regulation

The Trouble with Tenure

► What do the UW instructors without it - the ones doing much of the teaching - think?
By Ike Brannon, Ph.D.
► How the Regents can make professors accountable to taxpayers and students
By Mike Nichols and Michael Flaherty, with Charles Sorensen, Ph.D.
February 2016

Year
  • 2016
Subject
  • Education, Post K12
  • Government & Politics

Real-World Impacts of Wisconsin's Minimum Markup Law

Antiquated state law puts the squeeze on consumers and should be repealed.
Authors include Dave Daley, Mike Nichols, Greg Pearson, Louann Schoenberg, Betsy Thatcher, Tom Tolan and Ken Wysocky.
February 2016

Year
  • 2016
Subject
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Workforce
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