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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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10/30/2020
Center of the American Experiment

We're live with the Center of the American Experiment in Duluth, MN discussing competitive tax rates. Watch here:

We’re live in Duluth, MN for the latest of Minnesota’s Border Battles! Our expert economist John Phelan discusses how government policy can determine which state fares better economically. Special appearances from Badger Institute and Tax Foundation too!!

10/29/2020
10/29/2020

Tune in to our page in two hours to watch our Minnesota border battle event in Stillwater, MN!

At this event, John Phelan will present on his research comparing the economic performances of neighboring counties on either side of the Minnesota border. John will share his findings on Minnesota and Wisconsin, and discuss the insight it gives us into the economic impacts of state policies.

Badger Institute President Mike Nichols will discuss a year-long, in-depth tax analysis conducted by his organization and the Tax Foundation. The report details how Wisconsin’s overall tax structure remains behind competitor states in simplicity, tax rates and business climate for residents and investment. He’ll also discuss other policies that impact interstate competitiveness, especially in border communities.

Then, Katherine Loughead will discuss how Wisconsin and Minnesota rank in the Tax Foundation’s forthcoming 2021 State Business Tax Climate Index, and how these states can become more competitive both regionally and nationally. The discussion will include insight on how and why tax rates and structures impact a state’s competitiveness, especially along its borders.

10/28/2020
www.badgerinstitute.org

Almost 25 years ago, Gov. Tommy Thompson signed the Wisconsin Works program into law. Today, the Badger Institute releases recommendations for improving and updating the W-2 Transition program so that more Wisconsinites with disabilities or health complications can gain meaningful employment. Read Dr. Angela Rachidi’s report here:https://www.badgerinstitute.org/BI-Files/Reports/W-2_2.0_whitepaper_FINAL.pdf

Our Border Battle event in La Crosse this week has been canceled. Spots are still available for the events in Stillwater...
10/26/2020
Minnesota's Border Battles: Duluth

Our Border Battle event in La Crosse this week has been canceled. Spots are still available for the events in Stillwater and Duluth, MN. Please see the following links for more information.

Stillwater event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minnesotas-border-battles-stillwater-tickets-125336598139

Duluth event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minnesotas-border-battles-duluth-registration-125338616175

Please join American Experiment and Badger Institute for a conversation on how state policy can determine who comes out ahead

In an article in Forbes, Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform mentions our symposium on Missouri’s new universal ...
10/08/2020
Governors & Lawmakers Successfully Remove Barriers To Work In 2020

In an article in Forbes, Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform mentions our symposium on Missouri’s new universal licensure recognition law. Last month, we interviewed the co-sponsors of this bill about how Wisconsin lawmakers should pass something similar for workers moving to the Badger State. https://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickgleason/2020/09/30/governors--lawmakers-successfully-remove-barriers-to-work-in-2020/#20c30ff8942b

It doesn’t generate as many headlines as political discord, but there is a functional side of American politics, one which has been on display in recent weeks and months with the spread of a bipartisan reform that is helping put people back to work.

You may have seen NBA players with slogans on their jerseys. A handful have opted for one that should resonate in Milwau...
10/06/2020
Black Education Matters

You may have seen NBA players with slogans on their jerseys. A handful have opted for one that should resonate in Milwaukee – “Education Reform.” Milwaukee Public Schools’ test scores rank near the nation’s bottom in the categories of basic reading and math for fourth and eighth graders. Yet the only voice that seems to matter to the school board — the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association — is a stalwart opponent of meaningful reform. https://www.badgerinstitute.org/News/2019-2020/Black-Education-Matters.htm

While NBA players tout ed reform, Milwaukee school officials play defense

09/23/2020

Badger Institute is joined by Missouri legislators to discuss licensing reform.

09/17/2020
Badger Institute President Mike Nichols will discuss new research on police use of force in Wisconsin at 8:15 this morni...
09/01/2020

Badger Institute President Mike Nichols will discuss new research on police use of force in Wisconsin at 8:15 this morning on WTAQ.

Coming up on the WTAQ Morning News With Matt & Earl we'll speak with Mike Nichols, President of the Badger Institute on a policy brief "Police Use of Force - How Common Is It?" Also, Brenda Krainik, from the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau at 7:45am to fill us in on upcoming events! That and more on 97.5 FM and 1360 AM from 5:30am to 8:30am. Newsradio 1360 WTAQ

Newsradio 1360 WTAQ
09/01/2020

Newsradio 1360 WTAQ

Coming up on the WTAQ Morning News With Matt & Earl we'll speak with Mike Nichols, President of the Badger Institute on a policy brief "Police Use of Force - How Common Is It?" Also, Brenda Krainik, from the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau at 7:45am to fill us in on upcoming events! That and more on 97.5 FM and 1360 AM from 5:30am to 8:30am. Newsradio 1360 WTAQ

"Until the American public educates themselves, until they truly understand the danger of the debt we're in, the deficit...
08/25/2020
Stealing from Posterity

"Until the American public educates themselves, until they truly understand the danger of the debt we're in, the deficits we're running, the fact is that we're mortgaging our kids' future."

Read more of our exclusive interview with US Senator Ron Johnson here:

https://www.badgerinstitute.org/BI/Stealing-from-Posterity.htm?fbclid=IwAR023GBuGqFrwQWLjydrdp_5XViHT7i0UztdHDdt4PBo6GFtNFgpKAqpi2g

Picture the national debt as a steady drive up a mountainside, with presidents and members of Congress from both parties taking turns at the wheel, accelerating as the incline increases, year after year driving to new altitudes.

Politicians are spending trillions of dollars that our kids will have to pay back. The Badger Institute sat down with U....
08/24/2020

Politicians are spending trillions of dollars that our kids will have to pay back. The Badger Institute sat down with U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to discuss the debt crisis, federal spending realities, entitlement reform and the likelihood of restoring federalism as a governing philosophy. https://www.badgerinstitute.org/BI/Stealing-from-Posterity.htm

08/04/2020
Shuttered Windows, Shattered Dreams

Shuttered Windows, Shattered Dreams
Small businesses contribute to the local economy and culture, but government-mandated shutdowns and violent protests are pushing many to the brink. Downtown Madison, Wisconsin, has been particularly hard hit. In this video, the owners of a tea shop, confectionery and renowned tavern share their stories.

Small businesses contribute to the local economy and culture in myriad ways. But government-mandated shutdowns and violent protests are pushing many small bu...

The intent of data collection should be to give policymakers and the staff of criminal justice organizations the informa...
07/29/2020

The intent of data collection should be to give policymakers and the staff of criminal justice organizations the information required to improve their effectiveness, not create an unhelpful reporting requirement that is ignored once it is completed. Standardized criminal justice data reporting will give policymakers, researchers and the public a common source of reliable information and the ability to determine if programs are working and if taxpayer dollars are being well spent.

https://www.badgerinstitute.org/News/2019-20201/Informed-communities-are-safer-communities.htm#_ftn1

A defendant has to make under $12,524 annually to qualify for publicly funded legal representation under WI guidelines. ...
07/28/2020

A defendant has to make under $12,524 annually to qualify for publicly funded legal representation under WI guidelines. That number has been frozen since 2011 — one potential reason that fewer defendants are getting a public defender in WI each year. There are defendants in Wisconsin living in poverty, who are quite literally under the federal poverty level who do not qualify for a public defender under state guidelines.

https://www.badgerinstitute.org/Reports/2020-Volume-331/Racial-Disparities-in-the-Criminal-Justice-System--in-Wisconsin--What-We-Know-Thus-Far.htm

British conservative philosopher Roger Scruton (1944-2020) wrote in 2013: “Oikophilia, the love of home, lends itself­ t...
07/21/2020

British conservative philosopher Roger Scruton (1944-2020) wrote in 2013: “Oikophilia, the love of home, lends itself­ to the environmental cause, and it is astonishing that the Conservative Party has not seized hold of that cause as its own.” He continued: “The solution is not automatically to call on the state to intervene but first to look for the social mechanisms that cause people to bear the costs of what they do.”

https://www.badgerinstitute.org/Diggings/Spring-2020/Environmentalism-is-a-conservative-value.htm

With Congress looking at another stimulus package, they should not be asking responsible states, like Wisconsin, to bail...
07/20/2020
Wisconsin vs. Illinois: Don't Ask Responsible States to Bail Out Reckless

With Congress looking at another stimulus package, they should not be asking responsible states, like Wisconsin, to bail out reckless states like Illinois

https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/06/08/wisconsin-vs-illinois-dont-ask-responsible-states-to-bail-out-the-reckless/?fbclid=IwAR1SYNQWtXyX0SycFqqiARgI3EZjNNat6bhF3EQOZprrcDZpK53xjSA2r9k

How is it fair for Wisconsin taxpayers to be forced to bail out a substantial share of the tab for profligate spending by Illinois? It's not.

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections does not report data points such as community supervision success rates, agent c...
07/18/2020

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections does not report data points such as community supervision success rates, agent caseloads, what crimes are committed by offenders, the number of sanctions imposed or the number of revocation hearings or the revocation rate. The lack of basic information being collected by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections makes it difficult to know whether community supervision is working well for offenders or whether revocations are justified.

https://www.badgerinstitute.org/Reports/2020-Volume-331/Racial-Disparities-in-the-Criminal-Justice-System--in-Wisconsin--What-We-Know-Thus-Far.htm

WI law requires licensing boards to include one or more public members who represent consumers and discourage self-deali...
07/14/2020

WI law requires licensing boards to include one or more public members who represent consumers and discourage self-dealing. Badger Institute Policy Analyst Julie Grace found that at least 27 such boards or councils are in outright violation of the law and are, therefore, controlled solely by people who work in the same professions they regulate.

https://www.badgerinstitute.org/Reports/2019-Volume-32/Absence-and-Violation.htm

Two reforms that would help immensely in disciplining or removing any bad or racist police officers. • Act 10, the legis...
07/13/2020

Two reforms that would help immensely in disciplining or removing any bad or racist police officers.
• Act 10, the legislation that limited most public-sector collective bargaining to wages, should immediately be extended to police and fire contracts in order to give police chiefs more latitude in quickly and effectively rooting out misconduct in the ranks.
• Absent extension of Act 10, the Legislature should immediately pass a law reversing action spearheaded by then-Gov. James Doyle in 2007 that gave police unions the ability to ask for arbitrators to preside over disciplinary cases. At least some police contracts in larger Wisconsin cities include clauses that can now be used to overturn disciplinary actions against bad officers. That should be changed.

https://www.badgerinstitute.org/Reports/2020-Volume-331/Racial-Disparities-in-the-Criminal-Justice-System--in-Wisconsin--What-We-Know-Thus-Far.htm

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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.