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Taxpayers Taken for a Ride: The Milwaukee Streetcar

The Hop, a $128 million streetcar that travels a 2.1-mile loop in downtown Milwaukee, is a classic boondoggle made possible by federal grants (i.e., taxpayer money). Meanwhile, the Joseph Project, a Milwaukee transportation enterprise that rejects government funding, is helping central city residents secure good-paying manufacturing jobs in neighboring counties. With a small fleet of church vans (most of them donated), the Joseph Project creates taxpayers instead of fleecing them.
September 5, 2019

Dental Therapy Testimony

The creation of the dental therapy profession in Wisconsin through Senate Bill 89 would be an important step in improving access to and usage of dental care for disadvantaged and underserved populations in Wisconsin and potentially reducing negative economic and societal costs associated with poor oral health.
August 21, 2019

Michigan’s model for cutting crime, closing prisons and curtailing costs

Former Michigan state Sen. John Proos (R), chair of the legislative budget subcommittees overseeing corrections and the judiciary budgets, describes the bipartisan reform measures Michigan adopted in 2017 and the dramatic improvements that followed. The event in the Wisconsin State Capitol was sponsored by the Wisconsin Criminal Justice Coalition.
May 22, 2019

Testimony on expungement law reform

In this short video excerpt, Badger Institute policy analyst Julie Grace testifies before the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee in support of Senate Bill 39, which will make necessary reforms to Wisconsin's expungement law.
March 19, 2019

Occupational licensing: At what cost?

What is occupational licensing? How does it affect labor markets, wages, prices and interstate migration? Morris Kleiner, professor and AFL-CIO chair in Labor Policy at the University of Minnesota and author of “At What Cost? State and National Estimates of the Economic Cost of Occupational Licensing,” discusses his research at the Badger Institute’s Policy Symposium.
February 20, 2019

Wisconsin's ideal pro-growth tax structure

Wisconsin’s overall tax structure remains behind competitor states in simplicity, tax rates and business climate for residents and investment. How can we reform the tax structure so that the state reaches its full potential? Joe Bishop-Henchman and Katherine Loughead of the Tax Foundation discuss suggested reforms as detailed in the recent book from the Badger Institute and the Tax Foundation. Their presentation was delivered at the Badger Institute’s Policy Symposium.
February 20, 2019

Transportation needs and funding

Wisconsin has a transportation funding dilemma. How did it occur, and how can we fix it? Dale Knapp, director of Forward Analytics, and Robert W. Poole Jr., director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, discuss growing expenditures, shrinking revenues and tolling solutions. Their presentation was delivered at the Badger Institute’s Policy Symposium.
February 20, 2019

Proven successes in criminal justice reform

How can Wisconsin improve its criminal justice system? Cecelia Klingele, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Tom Lyons, state director for Wisconsin Right on Crime, and Jeremiah Mosteller, policy liaison for the Charles Koch Institute, discuss potential areas for reform. Their presentation was delivered at the Badger Institute’s Policy Symposium.
February 20, 2019

Wisconsin's dental access problem

Wisconsin has a dental access problem, especially for low-income individuals, says Morris Kleiner, professor at the University of Minnesota. Kleiner explains how allowing dental therapists could provide the solution. Kleiner’s presentation was delivered at the Badger Institute’s Policy Symposium.
February 20, 2019

WisEye Morning Minute: Expungement reform bill news conference

Wisconsin legislators and stakeholders held a news conference to unveil the "Expungement Reform: Pathways to Employment" bill. The bill would allow individuals with misdemeanors or Class H and I felonies to also seek expungement after they serve their sentence, remove the age 25 restriction and would apply retroactively to those who served time before the new legislation.
January 29, 2019

Breaking the cycle of incarceration

Believe it or not, when law enforcement and ex-offenders come together, good things can happen. This video tells the story of Partners in Hope, a Milwaukee prisoner reentry program where cops, federal agents and prosecutors (among others) offer training, mentorship and friendship to people directly returning from prison or jail. The result is changed perspectives and transformed lives on both sides. Partners in Hope – a “force for healing,” in the words of neighborhood empowerment activist Bob Woodson – is modeled after Hope for Prisoners, a Las Vegas reentry program credited with a significant reduction in recidivism and improved community-police relations. The Badger Institute was instrumental in helping bring the Hope for Prisoners model to Milwaukee.
November 14, 2018

Private school principal coping with flawed federal funding system

Principal Julieane Cook of St. Martini Lutheran School on Milwaukee’s south side takes time out twice a day from her administrative duties for “sensory breaks” – where she works with special needs students because no additional staff or resources are available. Private school principals and administrators say in a Badger Institute survey that many special needs children in private schools are left behind because of inequitable allocation of federal resources. Click on the News tab at the top of the page to read the story.
March 21, 2018

Federal paperwork impacts Wisconsin teachers

Early childhood and special education teacher Sheila Noordzy has her hands full teaching a class of 18 3-to-5-year-old children in the Chequamegon School District in Park Falls. She often puts in long hours, partly due to federal paperwork that takes her away from working with the children. Federal requirements in special education are especially burdensome, educators tell the Badger Institute in a survey.
January 25, 2018

New law makes it easier on barbers

NBC26 in Green Bay reports on two bills signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker modifying licensure requirements for professions like cosmetologists and barbers. "It'll make it easier for them to gain entry into these professions," said Badger Institute VP Michael Jahr.
December 3, 2017

Support the Badger Institute

Wisconsin leaders, policy-makers and dignitaries explain why supporting the Badger Institute is so important.
November 10, 2017

WPRI becomes the Badger Institute

President Mike Nichols talks with Vince Vitrano of Today's TMJ4 about the Badger Institute's new name and the policy initiatives that the institute will focus on, including tax reform.
October 24, 2017

The impact and influence of the Badger Institute

Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and others discuss the impact that the Badger Institute has had – and continues to have – in advancing free-market principles and policies.
October 2017

Why the Badger Institute?

The Badger moniker has deep, meaningful roots in Wisconsin.
October 2017

Interstate tolling: Robert Poole webinar

Interstate Tolling for Wisconsin: How & Why, a webinar presentation by Robert W. Poole Jr., director of transportation policy at Reason Foundation.
June 2017

Bills meant to deregulate cosmetologists and barbers earn praise, raise concerns

WSAW-TV report on professional licensure reform in Wisconsin, featuring Badger Institute Vice President Michael Jahr.
May 3, 2017

Proposed bill hopes to ease requirements for hair stylists and barbers

Today's TMJ4 report on efforts to reform professional licensure regulations in Wisconsin, featuring Badger Institute President Mike Nichols.
May 1, 2017

Green Bay barber Albert Walker stymied by state licensing rules

Ex-offender Albert Walker and Packer Mike Daniels discuss Walker’s new barber lounge in Green Bay. The shop is in jeopardy due to an onerous and unnecessary state licensing law.
May 2017

Long ordeal to get licensed in Wisconsin frustrates aspiring hair stylist Cassie Mrotek

Beauty school graduate from Milwaukee just wants to work but has been thwarted for over a year.
March 2017

Salon owner Krissy Hudack says licensing hurdles make it tough for small businesses

"We’re not playing with people’s lives. We’re playing with people’s hair," says northern Wisconsin salon owner.
March 2017

Unlocking Potential: Full Program

The Badger Institute's "Unlocking Potential" event in Milwaukee drew more than 100 participants representing law enforcement, the judiciary, the Legislature, business, community groups and faith leaders. The discussion focused on how ex-inmates, with help from one of their own and the same cops who once pursued them, can find a way back to their families and jobs.
February 14, 2017

Unlocking Potential: Robert L. Woodson Sr.

Robert L. Woodson Sr., founder and president of the Woodson Center, speaks at the "Unlocking Potential" event.
February 14, 2017

Unlocking Potential: Jon D. Ponder

Jon D. Ponder, founder and CEO of Hope for Prisoners, speaks at the "Unlocking Potential" event.
February 14, 2017

Unlocking Potential: Todd Fasulo

Todd Fasulo, assistant sheriff with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, speaks at the "Unlocking Potential" event.
February 14, 2017

Unlocking Potential: Chris Petko

Chris Petko, retired lieutenant from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Hope for Prisoners mentor coordinator, speaks at the "Unlocking Potential" event.
February 14, 2017

Unlocking Potential: Rebecca Kleefisch

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch speaks at the "Unlocking Potential" event.
February 14, 2017

Unlocking Potential: Q&A Session

Question and answer session with guest panelists at the "Unlocking Potential" event.
February 14, 2017

Think tank says corrections reform needed

Badger Institute President Mike Nichols on "UpFront with Mike Gousha" talks about the need for corrections reform in Wisconsin.
December 11, 2016

Life as a campus conservative

Conservative UW System students, at a round-table discussion hosted by the Badger Institute, recount their challenges bucking the liberal trend.
Spring 2016

News conference: Badger Institute study, "Beyond the Ivory Tower"

The Badger Institute holds a news conference on its study, "Beyond the Ivory Tower: How to Get the UW System More Involved in Ground-Level Economic Development."
June 1, 2015

Badger Institute testimony on prevailing wage

Badger Institute President Mike Nichols testifies before the Assembly Committee on Labor on prevailing wage repeal.
May 27, 2015

Badger Institute testimony on right-to-work

Badger Institute President Mike Nichols testifies on right-to-work. His testimony begins at the 57:54 mark.
February 24, 2015

New tax report for Wisconsin

Interview with Paul Bachman.
September 29, 2014

Robert Woodson: Political Competition

Excerpts of a speech by Woodson Center President and founder Robert L. Woodson Sr. at the Wisconsin Center.
June 24, 2014

Robert Woodson: Problems of the Rich

Excerpts of a speech by Woodson Center President and founder Robert L. Woodson Sr. at the Wisconsin Center.
June 24, 2014

Robert Woodson: The Nuclear Family and Surrogates

Excerpts of a speech by Woodson Center President and founder Robert L. Woodson Sr. at the Wisconsin Center.
June 24, 2014

Robert Woodson on Milwaukee, Welfare Myths and New Ways to Fight Poverty

Excerpts of a speech by Woodson Center President and founder Robert L. Woodson Sr. at the Wisconsin Center.
June 24, 2014

Robert Woodson: Violence-Free Zones

Excerpts of a speech by Woodson Center President and founder Robert L. Woodson Sr. at the Wisconsin Center.
June 24, 2014

Blended / Online Learning Event in Milwaukee

A promising path: Blended / online learning in Wisconsin's K-12 schools. Featuring guest speakers Susan Patrick and Michael Horn. Sponsored by the Badger Institute and the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison.
February 4, 2014

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