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Albert Walker, whose clients include many Packers players, has years of experience but can’t run his own shop
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Ex-offender Albert Walker’s new barber lounge in Green Bay is in jeopardy due to an onerous state licensing law.
Wisconsin Interest: Spring 2017
Check out our latest issue of Wisconsin Interest:
► Nigel Ashford: What "classical liberal' really means
► Sunny Schubert: Rural resentment laid bare
► Brian Reisinger: State forestland program shifts tax burden
► Mike Nichols: Occupational licensure run amok
► Ike Brannon & Devorah Goldman: Wisconsin's opioid scourge
► Jan Uebelherr: One addict's slow descent into darkness
► Dan Benson: Is Milwaukee a "donor" city or drain?
► Richard Esenberg: Conservatives: Keep eyes on the prize
Black Robes & Blue Collars
Our new report, "Black Robes & Blue Collars," identifies policy changes to Wisconsin's expungement and sentence adjustment laws that could lighten the state's prison load, increase employment opportunities for ex-offenders and help employers find workers. The report includes two policy briefs:
► Problems with Wisconsin’s Expungement Law: How the Law is Used and How to Make It More Equitable and Effective
► Sentence Adjustment Petitions: Are They Working?
► President's Note: Give judges the information they need
Mike Nichols' testimony on professional licensure
On April 6, 2017, WPRI President Mike Nichols testified in Madison before the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing & State-Federal Relations.
Nichols appeared with Krissy Hudack, a salon owner from northern Wisconsin who says the state's licensure system makes it tough for small businesses like hers. Hudack was among the people whom WPRI profiled in its April report "Government's Love for Licensure."
Nichols said in his testimony: "Yes, sometimes the government is needed to safeguard the citizens to whom it belongs. But far too often, according to our authors, there appears to be another motive. Simply put, the authors believe that the steady increase in professional licensing is being driven by both the well-intended but excessive growth of government and a desire to protect incumbents from competition."
Read a transcript of Nichols' presentation.
Videos of "Unlocking Potential" event
On Feb. 14, 2017, WPRI hosted a forum titled "Unlocking Potential" that drew more than 100 participants representing law enforcement, the judiciary, the Legislature, business, community groups and faith leaders. The event at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee featured Hope for Prisoners founder and CEO Jon Ponder, Woodson Center President Bob Woodson, representatives of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
The discussion focused on how ex-inmates, with help from one of their own and the same cops who once pursued them, can find a way back to their families and jobs.
► Watch full video of the event here.
► Watch Jon Ponder's presentation here.
► Watch Bob Woodson's presentation here.
► Watch LVMPD Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo's presentation here.
► Watch retired LVMPD Lt. Chris Petko's presentation here.
► Watch Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch's presentation here.
► Watch the Q&A session here.
► Read WPRI's "Unlocking Potential" report, which includes an in-depth profile of Hope for Prisoners, here.
The federalization of Wisconsin DPI
WPRI President Mike Nichols and Dan Benson, editor of WPRI's Project for 21st Century Federalism, gave a presentation on Jan. 24, 2017, to the Assembly Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations in Madison. Read a transcript of their presentation.
► Story on the federalization of state Department of Public Instruction.
► Story on the bureaucratic 'skim' of federal school funding.
► Press release on the project.
WPRI Special Report highlights strategy for reducing recidivism through investment in work, training and re-entry programs, and encourages the use of social impact bonds.
► Wisconsin's historical policy dilemma on corrections
► The state can't afford status quo
► Re-entry program offers Hope for Prisoners
► Alma Center: Breaking the cycle of abuse
► MATC program puts offenders on career path
► Private industry, prisons team up
► Skilled trades program offers a second chance
► Social impact bonds: A new way forward
► Watch Mike Nichols on "UpFront with Mike Gousha" discussing the need for corrections reform.
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