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A WPRI Special Report: The Prevailing Wage Law
Real-World Impacts of Prevailing Wage: 5 stories from around Wisconsin

A Million-Dollar Exemption?
In Dunn County four years ago, local officials saved up to $1 million in construction costs for a public nursing home project by getting an exemption from the prevailing wage law added to the state budget. Writer Dave Daley delves into the issue.

Savings That Taxpayers Could See
Without the prevailing wage law, local officials could spend the labor-cost savings on other needs. Even projects that aren’t publicly funded have become entangled with the wage law. Writer Greg Pearson tells those stories.


School Districts Grapple With Costs
The prevailing wage law burdens smaller, lower-income districts. The law makes it more difficult for school officials to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Writer Betsy Thatcher shares their stories.


More Than Construction Projects
The Village of Grafton’s tale of two water towers illustrates the confusion over which projects are subject to the prevailing wage law. Construction or maintenance, too? Writer Lori Holly provides the details.


A Web of Confusion for Contractors

Wisconsin’s wage-calculating system for public projects can be a nightmare filled with inconsistencies, red tape and frustrations for construction companies. Writer Jan Uebelherr tells their story.


What's New From WPRI

WI Magazine Spring 2015
Cover story:  Why Wisconsin Embraced Right-to-Work
Other articles in this issue include Disorder in the Classroom, Cross Purposes, Open Shop, The Conservative Debate over Common Core and more

View Table of Contents




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 February 24, 2015.
Read Mike's testimony 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 September 29, 2014, Senior Producer Steve 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




Renewing Civil Society: A Q&A with Paul Ryan











WPRI Media Mentions

Mike Nichols: Taxpayers deserve break from prevailing wage

Journal Sentinel - May 20, 2015


Mike Nichols on Prevailing Wage
Charlie Sykes Show, WTMJ Talk 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


Poll finds solid support for right-to-work law in Wisconsin

Townhall - January 13, 2015

Poll: Strong Majority Supports Right to Work in Wisconsin

Right Wisconsin - January 13, 2015

The Case for Big Ideas
Madison Magazine - November 2014


How to Change the State Tax Burden

Urban Milwaukee - October 13, 2014


Conservative Think Tank Proposes Cutting Income Tax, Expanding Sales Tax In Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Radio - October 1, 2014


Conservative Think Tank Releases Report With Tax Policy Ideas For Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Radio - October 1, 2014


Report calls on Wisconsin's leaders to cut taxes further

Journal Sentinel - September 30, 2014


Gov. Walker, Democrat Burke cool to tax shift idea
Wisconsin State Journal - September 30, 2014


The pretend deficit not as troubling as the real one
Journal Sentinel - September 18, 2014




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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