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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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FUN FACT FRIDAY! Did you know that donating appreciated securities — instead of cash — can be a VERY easy, effective and...
04/16/2021
4 reasons to donate stock to charity

FUN FACT FRIDAY! Did you know that donating appreciated securities — instead of cash — can be a VERY easy, effective and tax-efficient way to support your favorite nonprofits? When you donate appreciated stock, you:

• Pay less tax
• Rebalance your portfolio
• Give more to a cause you care about (without paying more out of pocket)

Check out this article from Fidelity (https://www.fidelitycharitable.org/articles/4-reasons-to-donate-stock-to-charity.html) to learn more about why donating appreciated stock is one of the easiest ways to give.

*The Badger Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Why donate stock to charity? Here are four great reasons to donate stock to your favorite charities.

New employee rite of passage: assemble guest chairs. How many Badger Institute employees do you think it took to assembl...
04/14/2021

New employee rite of passage: assemble guest chairs. How many Badger Institute employees do you think it took to assemble this one chair? (hint: too many!)

New employee rite of passage: assemble guest chairs. How many Badger Institute employees do you think it took to assemble this one chair? (hint: too many!)

Join us in wishing a very happy birthday to our development associate, Kirsten! She spent her special day cheering on th...
04/13/2021

Join us in wishing a very happy birthday to our development associate, Kirsten! She spent her special day cheering on the Cubs at American Family Field. Happy Birthday, Kirsten!

Join us in wishing a very happy birthday to our development associate, Kirsten! She spent her special day cheering on the Cubs at American Family Field. Happy Birthday, Kirsten!

Policy Analyst Julie Grace spoke in Madison today advocating on behalf of Assembly Bill 69 that would drastically reform...
04/07/2021

Policy Analyst Julie Grace spoke in Madison today advocating on behalf of Assembly Bill 69 that would drastically reform Wisconsin’s expungement law. A vote is expected soon.

Policy Analyst Julie Grace spoke in Madison today advocating on behalf of Assembly Bill 69 that would drastically reform Wisconsin’s expungement law. A vote is expected soon.

Today, we submitted testimony in favor of AB149, which would increase legislative oversight into how federal COVID-19 fu...
03/10/2021
David Fladeboe COVID-19 Funding Testimony

Today, we submitted testimony in favor of AB149, which would increase legislative oversight into how federal COVID-19 funds are being spent in Wisconsin. Read our letter here: https://www.badgerinstitute.org/Media/Testimony/David-Fladeboe-COVID-19-Funding-Testimony.htm

On March 10, 2021, Badger Institute Public Affairs Associate David Fladeboe submitted written testimony in favor of 2021 AB 149 before the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics.

03/04/2021

Badger Institute Policy Analyst Julie Grace and Shanyeill McCloud of Clean Slate Milwaukee will discuss expungement in Wisconsin and efforts to reform it on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Central Time program today (March 4) from 3 – 3:30 p.m. Tune in!

Wisconsin’s expungement law is flawed and unlike any other in the nation. The law, designed to allow for people with low...
02/24/2021
Badger Institute Symposium: It's time to reform Wisconsin's expungement law

Wisconsin’s expungement law is flawed and unlike any other in the nation. The law, designed to allow for people with low-level, non-violent offenses to essentially have their record sealed, is so restrictive that it makes it difficult for anyone to receive an expungement and creates disparities among those who do.

Join the Badger Institute on March 24, 2021, at 10 a.m. for a virtual discussion with two Wisconsinites who have seen firsthand the need for reform: State Public Defender Kelli Thompson and Shanyeill McCloud, founder of Clean Slate Milwaukee.

In a conversation moderated by Badger Institute Policy Analyst Julie Grace, Thompson and McCloud will discuss the shortcomings of the current law and the benefits that reform would provide to those seeking a second chance.

Please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/badger-institute-symposium-its-time-to-reform-wisconsins-expungement-law-tickets-142700423809

Join the Badger Institute on March 24, 2021, at 10 a.m. for a virtual discussion on the shortcomings of Wisconsin's current expungement law.

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02/15/2021
Badger Institute

Love our posts here? Want to see more of them? Come join our team! We're looking for a dynamic, innovative person to be our digital marketing manager. Find out more and apply here: https://www.badgerinstitute.org/BI.htm

If Wisconsin policymakers want to reform the state’s criminal justice system in a way that achieves better outcomes for taxpayers, communities and offenders, they will need detailed, accurate and robust data.

Listen in at 7:45 as Policy Analyst Julie Grace joins the WTAQ Morning News With Matt and Earl to talk about new expunge...
01/21/2021

Listen in at 7:45 as Policy Analyst Julie Grace joins the WTAQ Morning News With Matt and Earl to talk about new expungement reform legislation!

“What I found, as somebody who was a prosecutor and was intimately familiar with the criminal justice system, … was it w...
01/19/2021
Florida’s corrections data law: A model for Wisconsin

“What I found, as somebody who was a prosecutor and was intimately familiar with the criminal justice system, … was it was shockingly difficult for me to get the kind of data and information that I wanted about the criminal justice system.” Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls, on criminal justice data law https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW2iYUPouBY

If Wisconsin policymakers want to reform the state’s criminal justice system in a way that achieves better outcomes for taxpayers, communities and offenders,...

12/29/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

What I love about the Badger Institute is they provide thoughtful, fact-based, rigorous analysis on issues I care about all through the lens of free-markets and individual responsibility.

12/27/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

The Badger Institute provides research and resources critical to improving the lives of Wisconsinites, while working within the community and communicating important stories to lawmakers. We’ve made great strides, but there is still much to do. Will you help us to continue to better Wisconsin and make an even greater impact statewide in 2021?

12/23/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

It’s organizations like the Badger Institute that promote American values, the things that make America great. First and foremost, personal liberty. Recognition that it’s free markets where free individuals can aspire and dream and build and create.

Last year, the Arizona State Legislature passed an occupational licensure reciprocity law. More than 2,000 people have t...
12/21/2020
The White House Calls for Action on Breaking Down Barriers to Work

Last year, the Arizona State Legislature passed an occupational licensure reciprocity law. More than 2,000 people have taken advantage of this reform and are now gainfully employed. Last week, President Trump signed an executive order calling on states to adopt similar laws. In the upcoming legislative session, Wisconsin lawmakers should take the opportunity to reform our occupational licensure laws. https://indefenseofliberty.blog/2020/12/17/the-white-house-gives-a-thumbs-up-to-breaking-down-barriers-to-work/?utm_source=SPN+Week+in+Review&utm_campaign=326d8d650d-12.18.20+WIR29+-+All+Audiences&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f015faad4-326d8d650d-127747581&mc_cid=326d8d650d&mc_eid=9070b1df7d

December 17, 2020By Heather Curry This week, President Trump issued an executive order highlighting the need for occupational licensing reform and calling on state and local leaders to engage on be…

12/21/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

The Badger Institute does more than just impact the daily lives of those around us. We provide an important perspective on the national stage, injecting real Wisconsin stories into the national conversation. Your support today helps us advance free-market policies at both the state and national level.

12/19/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

Change doesn’t come through research and scholarly work alone. Real change takes vision, dedication, and hard work. That’s why the Badger Institute is on the ground in Wisconsin communities identifying civil society solutions to problems. Your donation helps ensure that our efforts will have a meaningful impact on the lives of Wisconsinites.

12/17/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

“The Badger Institute was actually the group that gave me hope in a hopeless situation.” - Albert Walker, Imago Dei The Barber Lounge

Many Wisconsinites struggle to make their dreams of owning a small business a reality. We work to make Wisconsin an even better place to start and build a business. Donate today to help even more Wisconsinites achieve the American dream.

12/15/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

The Badger Institute works tirelessly to empower and help Wisconsinites facing burdensome laws and regulations. We work in Madison and communities throughout the state to help Wisconsinites solve real problems affecting their lives. Your support today will help us make an even bigger impact in 2021.

12/13/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

Legislators describe our work as “bringing two-dimensional legislation into 3-D by providing real people’s stories about how laws impact daily life.” Donate now to help us share more of these impactful stories with policymakers and give voice to conservative values in our state Capitol.

12/11/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

At the Badger Institute, we promote sound public policies but will never take government money. That’s why we rely on the generous support from friends who share our free-market ideals. Help us continue to make Wisconsin a great place to live—donate today.

12/07/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

At the Badger Institute, we routinely hear stories of Wisconsinites who encounter misguided laws and regulations that prevent them from achieving their dreams. Through our research, reporting, and advocacy, we fight for reforms and ideas that allow Wisconsinites to flourish—Learn more about our work and impact!

12/05/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

Nick Ringger, CEO of Partners In Hope, said it best: “If there was a way we could multiply what Badger Institute does, to bring good, quality information with boots on the ground, lives would be changed all over Wisconsin. I’m convinced of that.” Will you be the multiplication factor?

12/03/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

At the Badger Institute, we strive to improve the quality of life for everyone in the Badger State, and our donors are the ones who allow us to achieve that goal. Will you help us continue to advance free-market policies and transform lives in the coming year?

12/01/2020
Donate to the Badger Institute

The lives of Wisconsinites are impacted daily by the work we do at the Badger Institute. Your generous donation helps us continue to advance opportunity and prosperity in Wisconsin—make a donation this #GivingTuesday!

As you know, this has been a year of change. One thing remains the same, however, and that is our appreciation of your s...
12/01/2020
Contribute

As you know, this has been a year of change. One thing remains the same, however, and that is our appreciation of your support, which allows us to continue to fight for the conservative values and policy goals that we deeply hold.

This is why we want you to know about this SPECIAL OFFER! If you celebrate #GivingTuedsay with us and donate tomorrow at badgerinstitute.org/contribute, we'll send you a FREE Badger Institute travel thermos.

Includes subscription to Diggings, our e-newsletter, printed Badger Institute reports and free admission to two Badger Institute events (annual dinner not included).

Like the work we do? Want to help us advance free markets, opportunity, and prosperity in the Badger State? We have good...
11/18/2020
Join our team

Like the work we do? Want to help us advance free markets, opportunity, and prosperity in the Badger State? We have good news for you! We're hiring! We're looking for someone who has digital skills and experience to be our new Digital Marketing Manager! Click the link below to apply! https://www.badgerinstitute.org/About/Join-our-team.htm

Are you passionate about free market solutions to complex problems? Do you believe that discussions and timely action on key public policy issues are critical to Wisconsin's future, growth and prosperity? Check out the opportunities below to join our team and help advance free markets, opportunity,....

11/13/2020
Advancing opportunity and prosperity in the Badger State with Mike Nichols - YouTube

The lives of Wisconsinites are impacted daily by the work we do at the Badger Institute. Your generous donation helps us continue to advance opportunity and prosperity in Wisconsin. Through Nov. 14, every new or increased dollar donated to the Badger Institute will be matched. Take your donation further and donate today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpwg_WDtZjI&feature=youtu.be

The Badger Institute offers a voice to the voiceless as it works to promote free enterprise, opportunity and prosperity in Wisconsin. Matt Schlapp, Karl Rove, R...

At the Badger Institute, we strive to improve the quality of life for everyone in the Badger State, and our donors are t...
11/12/2020
Mike Nichols Fund Request for Badger Institute

At the Badger Institute, we strive to improve the quality of life for everyone in the Badger State, and our donors are the ones who allow us to achieve that goal. Through Nov. 14, every new or increased donation will be matched by a generous donor with the goal of reaching $100,000 in new funding—will you help us continue to advance free-market policies and transform lives in the coming year? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CHTsix7KuM&t=16s

11/09/2020
Advancing oppourtunity and prosperity in the Badger State

Lives of Wisconsinites are impacted daily by the work we do at the Badger Institute. Your generous donation helps us continue that work. From now until Nov. 14, every new or increased dollar donated to the Badger Institute will be matched. Please help us reach our $100,000 goal by donating today.

11/05/2020
Advancing opportunity and prosperity in the Badger State

Karl Rove, Rebecca Kleefisch and Sen. Ron Johnson join entrepreneurs, social service providers, elected officials, think tank leaders and business owners to explain how the work of the Badger Institute shapes public policy and transforms lives. We provide the policy work that allows real prosperity through free enterprise, individual aspiration, capitalism and civil society.

If you share our vision, please consider donating at https://www.badgerinstitute.org/Contribute.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation has generously offered to match any contributions from new supporters or increased gifts from current donors that arrive prior to November 15.

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

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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.