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WPRI Annual Dinner

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Featuring Guest Speaker Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker

The “Paul Revere” of America’s Fiscal Crisis

Author, subject of the acclaimed film I.O.U.S.A., and founder of the Comeback America Initiative, Walker is the nation’s most authoritative voice on the long-term repercussions of our ever-growing, $70 trillion-plus national debt.  He wonders what the founders of this country would say and warns that modern problems – including fiscal irresponsibility and the lack of political civility – are eerily similar to what precipitated the fall of the Roman Republic.

University Club of Milwaukee
924 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI
Cocktails 5:30pm
Dinner     6:00pm

Space is limited so please RSVP promptly.  Register here for the 2014 annual dinner or contact susan@wpri.org or 414-225-9940.

$75.00 per person
To sponsor a table, please contact Eric Searing, Director of Development.

RSVPs will be accepted until Wednesday October 22.



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WPRI Annual Dinner October 28 featuring guest speaker David Walker.

David Walker is a former U.S. Comptroller General and author of Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility.  David wonders what the founders of this country would say and warns that modern problems – including fiscal irresponsibility and the lack of political civility – are eerily similar to what precipitated the fall of the Roman Republic. Find out what David Walker has to say by attending the WPRI annual dinner. Register now.


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WPRI Media Mentions


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


Duey Stroebel says compromise vote by opponents cost $788 million
Journal Sentinel - August 10, 2014

The politics and power of Poverty Inc

Wisconsin Reporter - July 3, 2014


Robert Woodson joins Charlie Sykes
WTMJ - June 26, 2014


School choice deserves a chance to grow 

Journal Sentinel - May 28, 2014

 WPRI chief responds to critic
Journal Sentinel -  May 23, 2014

Pace is not nearly enough to meet goal: Torinus and Hefty analyze jobs claim
Journal Sentinel - May 21, 2014

On taxes, Scott Walker and Mary Burke differ in style and substance
Wisconsin State Journal 

Let's create opportunity for all kids
Journal Sentinel - April 25, 2014

Alan Borsuk on new tools and new teaching


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Journal Sentinel story: Think tank wants tougher admission standards for education schools




Interesting Links


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 recent story in WPRI's Wisconsin Interest on economic ramifications of faltering achievement in U.S. schools.



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