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Improving Wisconsin Works Transition for low-income families

Parents with disabilities or health limitations often time out of the program or end up on disability insurance
By Angela Rachidi, Ph.D.
October 2020

Police Use of Force: How Common Is It?

A call for greater transparency
By Patrick Hughes
August 2020

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

Year
  • 2020
Subject
  • Commentary

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

Year
  • 2020
Subject
  • COVID-19
  • Economic Development

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

Wisconsin's Missing Rung

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

Year
  • 2020
Subject
  • Workforce

Employer Handbook

Why hiring the previously incarcerated is good for business: An employer handbook.
By Julie Grace and Thomas Lyons
November 2019

Year
  • 2019

Absence and Violation

Wisconsin licensing boards are routinely in violation of law requiring public representation
By Julie Grace
October 2019

Year
  • 2020
Subject
  • Licensing and Regulation

Ex-offenders under watch

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

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Corrections Reform
  • Criminal Justice

Leaving Illinois for Wisconsin

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

Year
  • 2019

Reforming Paratransit

A better way to help the disabled get to work
By Baruch Feigenbaum
June 2019

Year
  • 2019

State-Local Spending in Wisconsin

Context and Trends
By Todd A. Berry
April 2019

Subject
  • Taxes & Public Finance

Minimum Wage

The High Cost of Increasing the Minimum Wage in Wisconsin to $15
By Ike Brannon and Andrew Hanson
April 2019

Year
  • 2019

Transportation Funding Dilemma

A primer on Wisconsin's unsustainable transportation revenues
By Dale Knapp
February 2019

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Transportation

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

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Taxes & Public Finance

Marriage Penalty

How Wisconsin policy punishes low-income families for getting married - and what to do about it
February 2019

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Regulation
  • Society/Culture
  • Taxes & Public Finance

Ban the Box Policies

Fair-chance hiring laws may hurt the job-seekers they aim to help
February 2019

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Economic Development
  • Government & Politics
  • Regulation
  • Taxes & Public Finance

Dental Therapists

A Solution to Wisconsin's Costly Dental Access Program?
By Jason Hicks and Morris M. Kleiner
February 2019

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Dental therapy

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.

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Criminal Justice
  • Taxes & Public Finance

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.

Subject
  • Federalism

Wisconsin: A Blueprint for More Workers

An overview of labor force participation
By Ike Brannon and Andrew Hanson
August 2018

Year
  • 2018

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%).

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Economy / Jobs
  • Workforce

Badger Institute Survey of Milwaukee Public Schools Teachers

Conducted February 2018

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Federalism

Badger Institute Survey of Private School Administrators

Conducted January-February 2018

Year
  • 2018
Subject
  • Federalism

Amanda Berkley letter to Assembly Committee

Year
  • 2019
Subject
  • Licensing and Regulation

Letter to Dr. Tony Evers State Superintendent of Public Instruction Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

SCOTT WALKER OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR STATE OF WISCONSIN Dr. Tony Evers State Superintendent of Public Instruction Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Year
  • 2017
Subject
  • Federalism

A Common-Sense Approach to Teacher Licensure in Wisconsin

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
  • Education, K12
  • Licensing and Regulation
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