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Badger Institute Badger Institute - Free Markets. Opportunity. Prosperity. The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Inc., established in 1987, is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit Institute working to engage and energize Wisconsinites and others in discussions and timely action on key public policy issues critical to the State’s future, its growth and prosperity.
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“Compassion for the poor and underprivileged is commendable, and something I hope we all share, and the stereotype that ...
06/14/2021
The Demand for Higher Wages Won’t Help the Poor

“Compassion for the poor and underprivileged is commendable, and something I hope we all share, and the stereotype that conservatives and libertarians just don’t care about the underprivileged is a pretty unfair one.”

https://freethepeople.org/the-demand-for-higher-wages-wont-help-the-poor/

Those calling for higher wages have good intentions, but they go amiss in making one big assumption about how business and the economy actually work.

Let's write Wisconsin’s comeback story together. Thank you for your support! #fundraising #philanthropy #donate #freemar...
06/14/2021
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Let's write Wisconsin’s comeback story together. Thank you for your support! #fundraising #philanthropy #donate #freemarkets #lessgovernment #limitedgovernment #nonpartisan

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Your support at any level is important to us. Your generous donation helps the Badger Institute fight every single day to advance free markets, individual liberty, and limited government in Wisconsin. We gratefully accept donations via cash, check, credit card or stock.

"Covering the cost of all this additional spending can only be done in two ways, by raising taxes and borrowing." https:...
06/14/2021
The Biden Budget: Pandemic Spending That Never Ends | Craig Eyermann

"Covering the cost of all this additional spending can only be done in two ways, by raising taxes and borrowing." https://blog.independent.org/2021/06/03/the-biden-budget-pandemic-spending-that-never-ends/

President Biden released his first budget proposal on Friday, May 28, 2021. Just ahead of the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. That wasn’t a mistake. The timing is part of a well-established practice by politicians called a Friday news dump. If they know the news is bad for them, they dump it on Frid...

“Policymakers should use this opportunity to make a down payment on the state’s future by providing tax relief that not ...
06/13/2021
Wisconsin’s Surplus Presents Opportunity for Down Payment on Future Economic Growth

“Policymakers should use this opportunity to make a down payment on the state’s future by providing tax relief that not only reduces burdens on Wisconsinites but also sets the state up for economic opportunity and growth that will endure far beyond the next budget cycle.”

https://taxfoundation.org/wisconsin-budget-surplus-tax

As Wisconsin emerges from the pandemic, state policymakers have a rare opportunity to reinvest excess revenues in a structurally sound manner that will make the state more attractive to individuals and businesses, promote a quicker and more robust economic recovery, and put the state on the path to....

"The numbers alone are staggering: $405,720,000 for the City of Milwaukee, $183,420,000 for Milwaukee County; $49,190,00...
06/13/2021
Another $5.7 billion for Wisconsin governments is insane

"The numbers alone are staggering: $405,720,000 for the City of Milwaukee, $183,420,000 for Milwaukee County; $49,190,000 for Madison, $106,030,000 for Dane County; and $25,230,000 for Green Bay, $51,310,000 for Brown County."

https://www.badgerinstitute.org/Diggings/Spring-2021/Another-5.7-billion-for-Wisconsin-governments-is-insane.htm

The $360 billion that the federal government is throwing at state and local governments through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 might be the craziest and most irresponsible thing Congress has ever done.

Venture capital is risky enough in the marketplace, where experienced, deliberate investors use their own money to get b...
06/13/2021
Free Market Coalition venture capital letter

Venture capital is risky enough in the marketplace, where experienced, deliberate investors use their own money to get behind a project once they’ve determined that a sound plan and potential earnings justify an investment. State government has no such expertise in determining the likely success of new ventures. Of even greater concern, the investments are made with taxpayers’ money. https://www.badgerinstitute.org/PressReleases/Free-Market-Coalition-venture-capital-letter.htm

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 legislator...

“One of the more economically harmful taxes (on a dollar-for-dollar basis) Wisconsin continues to levy is a tax on certa...
06/12/2021
Wisconsin’s Surplus Presents Opportunity for Down Payment on Future Economic Growth

“One of the more economically harmful taxes (on a dollar-for-dollar basis) Wisconsin continues to levy is a tax on certain tangible personal property, including office furniture and equipment.”

https://taxfoundation.org/wisconsin-budget-surplus-tax

As Wisconsin emerges from the pandemic, state policymakers have a rare opportunity to reinvest excess revenues in a structurally sound manner that will make the state more attractive to individuals and businesses, promote a quicker and more robust economic recovery, and put the state on the path to....

You make a difference in advancing the fight for freedom. Your tax-deductible gift will go directly toward keeping the f...
06/12/2021
DONATE

You make a difference in advancing the fight for freedom. Your tax-deductible gift will go directly toward keeping the fight going in every corner of Wisconsin.

https://www.badgerinstitute.org/Donate

Your support at any level is important to us. Your generous donation helps the Badger Institute fight every single day to advance free markets, individual liberty, and limited government in Wisconsin. We gratefully accept donations via cash, check, credit card or stock.

$100 million is a lot of money. What if instead of spending it on a risky state-run venture capital scheme, as Gov. Ever...
06/11/2021

$100 million is a lot of money. What if instead of spending it on a risky state-run venture capital scheme, as Gov. Evers and some Republican legislators want to do, the money was invested in projects to improve the quality of life of all Wisconsinites? $100M could fix a lot of roads, enhancing safety and benefitting economic development. Learn more today by clicking the link in the comments. #wisconsin

$100 million is a lot of money. What if instead of spending it on a risky state-run venture capital scheme, as Gov. Evers and some Republican legislators want to do, the money was invested in projects to improve the quality of life of all Wisconsinites? $100M could fix a lot of roads, enhancing safety and benefitting economic development. Learn more today by clicking the link in the comments. #wisconsin

Wisconsin’s share, $5.7 billion — $3.2 billion for our state government and another $2.5 billion to more than 2,000 coun...
06/11/2021
Another $5.7 billion for Wisconsin governments is insane

Wisconsin’s share, $5.7 billion — $3.2 billion for our state government and another $2.5 billion to more than 2,000 county and local governments — is not needed. https://www.badgerinstitute.org/Diggings/Spring-2021/Another-5.7-billion-for-Wisconsin-governments-is-insane.htm

The $360 billion that the federal government is throwing at state and local governments through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 might be the craziest and most irresponsible thing Congress has ever done.

“Wisconsin has seen tremendous strain on its unemployment insurance trust fund amid the historic job losses that occurre...
06/11/2021
Wisconsin’s Surplus Presents Opportunity for Down Payment on Future Economic Growth

“Wisconsin has seen tremendous strain on its unemployment insurance trust fund amid the historic job losses that occurred in 2020.”

https://taxfoundation.org/wisconsin-budget-surplus-tax

As Wisconsin emerges from the pandemic, state policymakers have a rare opportunity to reinvest excess revenues in a structurally sound manner that will make the state more attractive to individuals and businesses, promote a quicker and more robust economic recovery, and put the state on the path to....

Learn more about this today, link in the comments. #wisconsin
06/11/2021

Learn more about this today, link in the comments. #wisconsin

Learn more about this today, link in the comments. #wisconsin

While the Republican-controlled Legislature cut 400 items from the governor’s budget, this measure survived. In an open ...
06/11/2021
Free Market Coalition venture capital letter

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. https://www.badgerinstitute.org/PressReleases/Free-Market-Coalition-venture-capital-letter.htm

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 legislator...

“Before the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, the U.S. government averaged spending an inflation-adjusted amount of about $13,0...
06/10/2021
The Biden Budget: Pandemic Spending That Never Ends | Craig Eyermann

“Before the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, the U.S. government averaged spending an inflation-adjusted amount of about $13,000 per American per year.”

https://blog.independent.org/2021/06/03/the-biden-budget-pandemic-spending-that-never-ends/

President Biden released his first budget proposal on Friday, May 28, 2021. Just ahead of the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. That wasn’t a mistake. The timing is part of a well-established practice by politicians called a Friday news dump. If they know the news is bad for them, they dump it on Frid...

State revenues over the next three years will be a whopping $4.4 billion higher than projected. The debate in Madison ha...
06/10/2021
Wisconsin’s Surplus Presents Opportunity for Down Payment on Future Economic Growth

State revenues over the next three years will be a whopping $4.4 billion higher than projected. The debate in Madison has already begun: Spend it? Save it? Return it to taxpayers? We worked with the Tax Foundation to offer lawmakers a menu of long-term, pro-growth reforms. What do you think should be done with the money?

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“Repealing the throwback rule would represent a relatively small, short-term investment that would yield positive long-t...
06/10/2021
Wisconsin’s Surplus Presents Opportunity for Down Payment on Future Economic Growth

“Repealing the throwback rule would represent a relatively small, short-term investment that would yield positive long-term economic results for the state.”

https://taxfoundation.org/wisconsin-budget-surplus-tax

As Wisconsin emerges from the pandemic, state policymakers have a rare opportunity to reinvest excess revenues in a structurally sound manner that will make the state more attractive to individuals and businesses, promote a quicker and more robust economic recovery, and put the state on the path to....

"If people would just look at the numbers, the cost, the ridership, I think it’s an easy conclusion that this is a boond...
06/10/2021

"If people would just look at the numbers, the cost, the ridership, I think it’s an easy conclusion that this is a boondoggle," said Badger Institute’s Mike Nichols about #TheHop. See more here —> https://www.fox6now.com/news/streetcar-bleeds-red-ink-as-ridership-struggles-to-rebound #wisconson #milwaukee

"If people would just look at the numbers, the cost, the ridership, I think it’s an easy conclusion that this is a boondoggle," said Badger Institute’s Mike Nichols about #TheHop. See more here —> https://www.fox6now.com/news/streetcar-bleeds-red-ink-as-ridership-struggles-to-rebound #wisconson #milwaukee

In this in-depth investigative piece by FOX6NOW, Badger Institute President Mike Nichols points out that The Hop streetc...
06/10/2021
Milwaukee streetcar struggles to rebound, bleeds red ink

In this in-depth investigative piece by FOX6NOW, Badger Institute President Mike Nichols points out that The Hop streetcar is a taxpayer-funded boondoggle that will drain city resources for the foreseeable future.

Milwaukee's Hop streetcar is facing ridership and financial trouble, but city leaders say it's too expensive to shut down.

If state government invests $100 million of taxpayer money in business ventures that fall short or fail, who will be hel...
06/10/2021

If state government invests $100 million of taxpayer money in business ventures that fall short or fail, who will be held accountable? Lawmakers want to pass that enormous responsibility onto designees who risk nothing but your money. Learn more about this issue today https://www.badgerinstitute.org/PressReleases/Free-Market-Coalition-venture-capital-letter.htm

If state government invests $100 million of taxpayer money in business ventures that fall short or fail, who will be held accountable? Lawmakers want to pass that enormous responsibility onto designees who risk nothing but your money. Learn more about this issue today https://www.badgerinstitute.org/PressReleases/Free-Market-Coalition-venture-capital-letter.htm

While the Republican-controlled Legislature cut 400 items from the governor’s budget, this measure survived. https://www...
06/10/2021
Free Market Coalition venture capital letter

While the Republican-controlled Legislature cut 400 items from the governor’s budget, this measure survived. https://www.badgerinstitute.org/PressReleases/Free-Market-Coalition-venture-capital-letter.htm

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 legislator...

Wisconsin’s share, $5.7 billion — $3.2 billion for our state government and another $2.5 billion to more than 2,000 coun...
06/10/2021
Another $5.7 billion for Wisconsin governments is insane

Wisconsin’s share, $5.7 billion — $3.2 billion for our state government and another $2.5 billion to more than 2,000 county and local governments — is not needed. https://www.badgerinstitute.org/Diggings/Spring-2021/Another-5.7-billion-for-Wisconsin-governments-is-insane.htm

The $360 billion that the federal government is throwing at state and local governments through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 might be the craziest and most irresponsible thing Congress has ever done.

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One size fits all? or Not?
As a small town Historian, I have a Trivia Question for all to ponder on... What Wisc. County has the Least amount of Stop Lights ???
Does the Badger Institute have a program similar to the Manhattan Institute's Tocqueville Project?
First teach them to read, they do not do that.
Your article on Opioids was wrong premise, and will lead to more kids in morgue. You cannot be apologists for Pot and not kill kids.