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WI Magazine Fall 2015
In our cover story, Christian Schneider asks the obvious questions: Now that Gov. Scott Walker is back, what happens next? How will an increasingly independent GOP Legislature react now that Dad is home?

Also in this issue: Charles Sykes looks at the academic freedom case of John McAdams, a well-known professor of political science at Marquette University. Dave Daley explores the chronic problem of Wisconsin’s worker shortage; Julie Kelly looks at a remarkable expansion of taxpayer-funded school lunch programs; Greg Pearson examines the savings and efficiencies of government consolidation; Rick Esenberg opines on the fight over religious freedom; and Sunny Schubert profiles Alberta Darling, Wisconsin’s own Iron Lady.


WPRI President Mike Nichols testifies on prevailing wage

The Assembly Committee on Labor held a public hearing at the Capitol on May 27, 2015, on a bill to repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage law. Read Nichols' statement here.


WPRI Special Report

Real-World Impacts of Prevailing Wage

WPRI asked five veteran Wisconsin journalists to take an up-close look at how the prevailing wage law affects state businesses, taxpayers and government employees every day.






WPRI Report

The Economic Impact of a Right-to-Work Law on Wisconsin

By Richard Vedder, Joseph Hartge and Chrisopher Denhart




WPRI President Mike Nichols testifies on right-to-work at the Capitol
The Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform held a public hearing on Feb. 24, 2015.
Read Nichols' statement here.





Podcast: Raising Wisconsin's Minimum Wage. Who would be helped? Who would be hurt?

Ben Merens interviews Andrew Hanson, co-author of WPRI Report.
Download link: http://cxl1.net/D3gYsRX6fTBX.mp3

WPRI Report
Can State Pull Its Punches? New Tax Policy Needed to Help Wisconsin Prosper

By Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research



On Sept. 29, 2014, Senior Producer Steven Walters interviewed Paul Bachman, research director at the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University and one of the authors of the new tax study released by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, in the WisconsinEye studio in Madison.


Understanding the Debt Problem as explained by David Walker














WPRI Media Mentions


Reducing the layers of government

Journal Sentinel - November 15, 2015


Mike Nichols: Has America lost its will to work?

Sheboygan Press - November 1, 2015


Democrat legislators seek public support to increase minimum wage
Badger Herald - October 7, 2015


Economic disparities between Madison and Milwaukee

Wisconsin Public Radio interview with Tom Hefty - October 2, 2015


Mike Nichols: Walker still has a chance to fight federal overreach

Journal Sentinel - October 2, 2015


WPRI chief: UW-Madison faculty objections to survey trammels sifting and winnowing
The Capital Times - September 19, 2015


Impending depletion of disability reserves
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter - August 26, 2015


An escape from the fee-for-service trap

Journal Sentinel - August 22, 2015

Pave the way for direct primary care in Wisconsin
Sheboygan Press - August 4, 2015


Businesses in central Wisconsin and beyond facing significant shortage of IT workers

Wisconsin Public Radio interview with Dave Daley - July 27, 2015


Breaking the cycle of poverty and violence

Journal Sentinel - July 25, 2015


A worthy government program to combat poverty

Sheboygan Press - July 14, 2015


Mike Nichols: No, we're not Washington, after all

Journal Sentinel - July 11, 2015


Mike Nichols: Senate remembers – finally – that Madison is not Washington

Sheboygan Press - July 9, 2015

UW-Madison lecturer says it's time to review Wisconsin's reciprocity agreements

Wisconsin Public Radio interview with Michael Flaherty - July 2, 2015


Michael Flaherty: Time to review Wisconsin's reciprocity agreements

Journal Sentinel - June 27, 2015


Tom Still: How to harness the power of UW System for economic growth
Wisconsin State Journal - June 6, 2015


Charles Sorensen, author of Beyond the Ivory Tower, on the Joy Cardin Show
Wisconsin Public Radio - June 4, 2015


Report advocates giving UW System chancellors a stronger hand

Journal Sentinel - June 1, 2015


Mike Nichols: Taxpayers deserve break from prevailing wage

Journal Sentinel - May 20, 2015


Mike Nichols on prevailing wage
Charlie Sykes show, WTMJ radio - May 15, 2015

Wisconsin economy moves to the head of the class

Journal Sentinel - March 14, 2015


Right-to-work supporters, opponents clash in Senate committee hearing on Wisconsin bill
The Cap Times - February 23, 2015

Sorting out public opinion on right to work laws

Journal Sentinel - February 23, 2015


Federal taxpayers on the hook big time for Milwaukee streetcar
Wisconsin Reporter - January 21, 2015

Poll shows support for unions, right-to-work

Journal Sentinel - January 13, 2015

Poll finds strong support for right-to-work, and unions, in Wisconsin
Wisconsin State Journal - January 13, 2015


Interesting Links


Badger Meter CEO: Right-to-Work Means More Jobs - Milwaukee Business Journal, March 3, 2015

Toyota Escapes to Texas - Why another engine of middle-class jobs is fleeing California, Wall Street Journal, May 2, 2014

Christian Science Monitor: PISA test shows U.S. Education "stagnation."  For more on why this matters so much, see the story in WPRI's Wisconsin Interest on economic ramifications of faltering achievement in U.S. schools.



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