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Free markets, limited government, and individual liberty- you know these principles, now hear the stories of the men and women who embody them and the policies that advance them. Listen as the team from Wisconsin’s Badger Institute come together to demystify, explore, and discover ways to make communities in our state freer and more prosperous, one episode at a time.

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Free markets, limited government, and individual liberty- you know these principles, now hear the stories of the men and women who embody them and the policies that advance them. Listen as the team from Wisconsin’s Badger Institute come together to demystify, explore, and discover ways to make communities in our state freer and more prosperous, one episode at a time.

    Flat Tax Is Better for Business, Better for Wisconsin

    Flat Tax Is Better for Business, Better for Wisconsin

    In Wisconsin, the vast majority of businesses are established as pass-throughs — meaning their owners pay the individual income tax rate, not the corporate tax rate.



    So, no one understands the need for a lower, flatter tax in Wisconsin than Scott Manley of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the largest and most influential business association in the state.



    Manley sat down with Badger Institute President Mike Nichols to discuss how a flat tax would improve Wisconsin’s ability to keep and attract residents and businesses, address the workforce shortage, benefit workers and contribute to overall growth in the Badger State.

    • 24 min
    LeMahieu on Need for Wisconsin Flat Tax

    LeMahieu on Need for Wisconsin Flat Tax

    Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu has proposed a 3.25% flat income tax for Wisconsin, a reform that would simplify the code and grant tax relief to every Badger State taxpayer.



    LeMahieu sat down with Badger Institute President Mike Nichols in the Capitol to explain the details of his flat tax proposal and the widespread benefits of pro-growth tax policy.



    Read Badger Institute’s flat tax research for the state of Wisconsin: https://www.badgerinstitute.org/report-tax-reform-options-to-improve-wisconsins-competitiveness/

    • 25 min
    For a New Civil Society

    For a New Civil Society

    Civil society is the essential space for the growth of character, for acts of kindness, for the development of trust — for the altruism that drives Wisconsinites to help each other when they see need.



    Unfortunately, the fundamental pillars of civil society have been eroding for quite some time. Eloise Anderson, one of the most thoughtful and experienced researchers on issues of civil society and the family, has witnessed this erosion firsthand. Having worked extensively in government while acknowledging the great value that happens outside it, Anderson offers direction for a new civil society — a reinvigorated space of community, care and hope.



    Read Anderson’s chapter in the Mandate for Madison: https://www.badgerinstitute.org/for-a-new-civil-society/ 

    • 32 min
    Free-Market Reforms Will Make Wisconsin Thrive

    Free-Market Reforms Will Make Wisconsin Thrive

    Research shows that states in which individuals, businesses and entrepreneurs have greater economic freedom grow more rapidly, produce better labor market outcomes and attract more people. So, what steps can Wisconsin take to ensure that its residents enjoy the benefits of a strong, free-market economy?



    Touching on issues ranging from tax reform and migration to occupational licensure, economist James Bohn outlines proven measures for keeping Wisconsin productive and prosperous in 2023 and beyond.



    Read Bohn’s chapter in Badger Institute’s Mandate for Madison: https://www.badgerinstitute.org/free-market-reforms-will-make-wisconsin-thrive/

    • 40 min
    Toward Swifter Justice: How to Handle WI Courts’ Excessive Backlog

    Toward Swifter Justice: How to Handle WI Courts’ Excessive Backlog

    In Wisconsin courts, it now takes more than one year to resolve an armed robbery charge, 14 months to resolve a sexual assault case and more than 15 months to resolve an allegation of murder.



    It’s a systemic crisis that delays justice for victims, their families and all who long to lead safe, productive lives in the Badger State.



    Wisconsin is not without effective recourse, however. As Jeremiah Mosteller, attorney and criminal justice policy expert with Americans for Prosperity, outlines in this episode of Free Exchange, necessary investments in prosecutors and defenders can tackle the growing backlog of cases and restore a sense of swift justice for all Wisconsin residents.



    Read the full report, “Toward Swifter Justice: Overburdened Prosecutors and Public Defenders Linked to Wisconsin Court Backlogs”

    • 31 min
    Why Milwaukee Needs to Get Cops Back in Schools

    Why Milwaukee Needs to Get Cops Back in Schools

    The Milwaukee Police Department responded to more than 1,300 calls for service at 34 Milwaukee Public Schools high schools in the 2021-’22 school year, an average of 7.2 calls every school day. Many were for serious crimes including “battery,” “reckless vehicle,” “sexual assault,” “subject with gun” and “shots fired.”



    Yet the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors refuses to put resource officers back into the schools. In this episode of Free Exchange, Badger Institute President Mike Nichols and Managing Editor Mark Lisheron discuss the disturbing numbers and how MPS is failing to protect kids and provide a safe place for them to learn.



    Read the full report here: https://www.badgerinstitute.org/why-milwaukee-needs-to-get-cops-back-in-schools/

    • 23 min

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