Badger Institute

An excellent source of original research on Wisconsin public policy issues with a conservative-libertarian perspective. (More than two dozen Wisconsin organizations with a similar perspective are identified here.) The Badger Institute’s website sorts publications, news releases, etc. into eight “initiatives” on COVID-19, Criminal Justice, Dental Therapy, Education, Licensing and Regulation, a Project for 21st Century Federalism, Transportation, and Workforce. From the website:

“The Badger Institute, formerly the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institute established in 1987 working to engage and energize Wisconsinites and others in discussions and timely action on key public policy issues critical to the state’s future, growth and prosperity. The institute’s research and public education activities are directed to identify and promote public policies in Wisconsin that are fair, accountable and cost-effective.

“Through original research and analysis and through public opinion polling, the institute’s work focuses on such issue arenas as state and local government tax policy and spending, including related program accountability, consequences and effectiveness. The Badger Institute is guided by a belief that competitive free markets, limited government, private initiative and personal responsibility are essential to our democratic way of life.”

More Contact Info:

700 W. Virginia Street #301
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone 414/225-9940
[email protected]

Mike Nichols, President
Angela Smith, Director