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Upcoming event

“Who’s Really Winning the Border War: Wisconsin Conservatives or Minnesota Liberals?”
The Growth and Distribution of Income in Wisconsin and Minnesota after the Great Recession
Who: Join us for a lunch presentation by UW economist Noah Williams, Ph.D.
When: Tuesday, May 24, 2016; 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Where: Hudson House Grand Hotel, 1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson, WI 54016
Cost: $15, which includes lunch
The report: Read it here.



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 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



Understanding the Debt Problem as explained by David Walker














WPRI Media Mentions


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


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

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

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


Interesting Links

Time to Take Back State U - American Thinker,
January 4, 2016

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


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