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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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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

Funding even one prison will crowd out many of the state’s other needs and still leave Wisconsin with overcrowded cells,...
06/17/2020

Funding even one prison will crowd out many of the state’s other needs and still leave Wisconsin with overcrowded cells, too few institutions and ultimately substantially increased taxes. Legislators, Governor Tony Evers and the Department of Corrections need to find a way to do what other states have done: responsibly decrease the number of inmates without imperiling safety.

https://www.badgerinstitute.org/News/2019-20201/State-budget-realities-make-new-prison-construction-unlikely.htm

If you care about Wisconsin and support free markets, limited government and personal responsibility, you won’t want to ...
06/16/2020
Diggings: Reporting on the stories that matter to you

If you care about Wisconsin and support free markets, limited government and personal responsibility, you won’t want to miss out on our premier magazine, Diggings. Access your free digital copy now!

https://www.badgerinstitute.org/Magazine/Diggings-Overview.htm

A standard bearer of conservative thought in the Badger State, our biannual Diggings magazine takes an in-depth look at policy and cultural issues that affect Wisconsin residents. As the mainstream media decline continues, our team of seasoned reporters fills the gap, pursuing important stories that...

Hundreds of impoverished children on the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indian Reservation in northern W...
06/10/2020

Hundreds of impoverished children on the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin went without dental care for over a year because a member of the Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board determined that a nationally known dentist who had practiced for decades somehow didn’t have enough hours of experience to work there. It was more than ironic. The board was actively impeding dental treatment – exactly the opposite of the reason they supposedly exist: to protect the health and safety of Wisconsin residents.

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