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How to Recreate the Outstate University And Finally Give Students Their Money's Worth

What would an entirely new public university, created virtually from scratch, with none of the established strictures in place, look like?

By Ike Brannon and Philip Coyle

Read WPRI's press release issued on September, 29, 2016, regarding this new report.



WPRI Annual Dinner
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Guest speaker Matt K. Lewis
Conservatism: What Now?  

Matt K. Lewis, the high-profile author, journalist, conservative commentator for CNN and contributor to The Daily Caller, The Daily Beast and Roll Call, is the author of “Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots).”

His trenchant and timely book traces the conservative movement's evolution — from Edmund Burke to William F. Buckley, from Goldwater’s loss to Reagan's victory. It touches on everything from the history of populism to the rise of what Lewis calls “no-qualification candidates” to the culture wars to, yes, Donald Trump. Come hear Lewis speak on why conservatism is at a crossroads — and where the path may lead next.

Click here to register or for more information.


Wisconsin Interest
Our Spring 2016 issue dives deep into higher education.
UW System students recount their challenges bucking the liberal trend. Watch video here.
Mike Nichols
laments how conservative students forfeit freedoms to survive on campus.
Charles J. Sykes offers ideas on how Wisconsin could lead the way in transforming the modern university.
Richard Vedder suggests bold reforms to improve access to higher education.



WPRI Special Report
Putting the Squeeze on Consumers:
Real-World Impacts of Wisconsin's

Minimum Markup Law

WPRI takes an in-depth look at how Wisconsin's Depression-era minimum markup law affects consumers and businesses every day.
Mike Nichols discusses the law on Radio 620 WTMJ's "Midday with Charlie Sykes." Listen to it here.
Nichols op-ed: Minimum markup isn't the American way



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 launches project

The “Federal Grant$tanding” project is a multi-year investigation of the growth in federal grants used by Washington, D.C., politicians to curry favor with voters.

The stories in this first series include:

While poverty persists for St. Croix Chippewa, tribe officials misuse federal funds, audit shows

Tribes in Wisconsin and across the U.S. misusing millions in federal housing funds

St. Croix Chippewa members have decried council secrecy for years

Read WPRI’s press release on the launch of the Federal Grant$tanding project.



WPRI Media Mentions


Report suggests reimagined UW campus

Journal Sentinel:  September 29, 2016


Does lack of transparency encourage misuse of funds?

Inter-County Leader & Washburn County Register: September 2016


St. Croix Chippewa tribe officials misuse federal funds, audit shows, while poverty persists

Inter-County Leader & Washburn County Register: September 2016

Woodson: Take steps toward progress: responsibility, introspection
Journal Sentinel: August 21, 2016

Abele complied with tax laws

Journal Sentinel: August 14, 2016

Streetcar operations not fully funded

Journal Sentinel: August 8, 2016

Helping chronically unemployed get out of poverty

Journal Sentinel: July 16, 2016

Open government experts: UW System fails transparency test

Wisconsin Watchdog.org: June 28, 2016

Mike Nichols: UW regents work for the public
La Crosse Tribune: March 7, 2016

Regents should remember they work for the public
Journal Sentinel: March 6, 2016

‘Trouble with Tenure’ report considers necessity of tenure, lack of data on post-tenure reviews

Badger Herald: March 3, 2016

Conservative think tank tells UW regents to make campuses prove they need tenure

The Cap Times: March 2, 2016

WPRI report: Regents must do more in tenure vote

Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter: March 2, 2016

Report calls for tighter rein on UW System faculty tenure
Journal Sentinel: March 2, 2016

Mike Nichols: Minimum markup isn't the American way

Journal Sentinel: February 7, 2016

Green Bay Press-Gazette: February 7, 2016

Minimum competition: Wisconsin's minimum markup law costs consumers big

Wisconsin Watchdog.org: February 5, 2016

Mike Nichols on minimum markup law
"Midday with Charlie Sykes," Radio 620 WTMJ: February 4, 2016

Why Wisconsin remains a tax hell

Journal Sentinel: December 31, 2015

Mike Nichols
"Sunday Insight with Charlie Sykes," WTMJ-TV: November 22, 2015

Lessons for liberal arts majors

Journal Sentinel: November 23, 2015

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

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