Institute for Reforming Government

Making Wisconsin the heart of the American Dream

Developing policy reforms, engaging communities, and holding government accountable, IRG wants to give all Wisconsinites an opportunity to succeed and prosper.

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Generating reforms to ensure all Wisconsinites can realize the American Dream.

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State Budget

Educating families so they understand how Wisconsin politicians spend over $40 billion a year of their hard-earned money.

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Community Engagement

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20 State Agency Briefings: IRG Completes State Agency 101 Series

20 State Agency Briefings: IRG Completes State Agency 101 Series

Today, IRG is releasing the last of its Wisconsin State Agency 101 Briefings, highlighting everything you need to know about the Department of Transportation, the Department of Children and Families, and the Wisconsin Technical College System. This concludes our...

Policy Solution: Get Right on Reading

Click here to find a print-ready version of the "Get Right on Reading" policy solution. Wisconsin ranked 40th among states in reading when adjusted for race and income. Our state cannot be prosperous without fantastic schools statewide, and our schools cannot reach...

Analysis of DPI 2022 K-12 Test Scores

Analysis of DPI 2022 K-12 Test Scores

Last Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released test score data from 2021-2022, the best indicators we have of student learning loss from COVID and school closures. Here are some initial takeaways from Quinton Klabon, IRG’s Senior Research...

New K-12 Data Shows Schools Falling Further Behind

New K-12 Data Shows Schools Falling Further Behind

The numbers are in: our students are not rebounding from the Evers administration's school shutdowns. 14,000 fewer Wisconsin children can read well enough for college, a 4% drop. 103,000 kids across the state can't even read at grade level. 9 Milwaukee Public Schools...