Announcements

Announcements

New Poll Shows Wisconsinites Support Elimination of Income Tax

MADISON, Wis. – A survey of registered Wisconsin voters conducted in December 2022 shows a plurality of voters - across partisan lines - support eliminating the income tax AND that nearly 6 in 10 think that state taxes are too high. The State Policy Network (SPN)’s...

IRG Team Expands Into Fox Valley, Northern and Rural Wisconsin

MADISON, WI. - In 2022, IRG embarked on an ambitious community engagement campaign, driving over 5,200 miles across Wisconsin and holding over 40 listening sessions with community leaders in over 20 cities and towns. As IRG continues carrying out these efforts...

IRG Announces New School Finder Tool for Parents

MADISON, WI. - Today, the Institute for Reforming Government (IRG) announced a new School Finder Tool designed to help parents find a school that fits the needs of their children. By entering your address, the free School Finder Tool - powered by Schoolahoop and...

10 Challenges Facing Tony Evers

If the core mission of the Governor, the state’s chief executive officer, is to operationalize the functions of government and manage the bureaucracy, then government in Madison no longer works the way it was intended. Over the last four years, executive branch...

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

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

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...

The Real State of Wisconsin Schools

Superintendent Underly’s State of Education Address described a world where diversity and equity consultants were schools’ superheroes in lieu of teachers and parents, where the neediest kids got extra help instead of being locked out of their schools, and where...

Facing Reality: New IRG Report Highlights Schools Falling Behind

As Wisconsin students head back to the classroom this month, parents face a stark reality: other states handled COVID better and our kids are now way behind. Our top students no longer compare to the nation’s best, and even more troubling, our struggling students face...

IRG Hires Senior Research Director Quinton Klabon

Madison, Wis. — The Institute for Reforming Government has hired Quinton Klabon to be Senior Research Director to develop K-12 and higher education policy solutions for Wisconsin. He can be reached at QK@reforminggovernment.org. Quinton worked for seven years...

Jason Church Joins IRG as Community Outreach Fellow

Madison, Wis. — Today, the Institute for Reforming Government announced an expansion of its community outreach efforts with the addition of U.S. Army Veteran Jason Church. Serving as the Community Outreach Fellow, Jason will play a pivotal role in strengthening IRG’s...

IRG Announces Board Expansion

Madison, Wis. — The Institute for Reforming Government is thrilled to announce that Alison Prange, Vice President of External Relations at Ballotpedia, has joined its Board of Directors. The addition of Alison to the board comes at an exciting time of organizational...

IRG Applauds Bold Education Reform Legislation That Empower Parents

Madison, Wis. — The Institute for Reforming Government (IRG) applauded visionary K-12 education reform bills introduced by Republicans in the Legislature Wednesday, led by Sens. Alberta Darling, Roger Roth, and Reps. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Bob Wittke, and Rick Gundrum....

Poll Reveals Support for Abolishing Wisconsin Elections Commission

Wisconsin residents favor Secretary of State overseeing elections Madison, Wis. — The Institute for Reforming Government (IRG) conducted a poll in December 2021 to learn how Wisconsin voters view the state’s current elections oversight system, and to gauge if there is...

IRG Calls for State to Abolish Wisconsin Elections Commission

Madison, Wis. — The Institute for Reforming Government today called for the state to abolish the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) and released a detailed policy proposal to guard against bureaucratic, unaccountable electoral oversight. IRG’s policy solution...

IRG Launches State Budget Dashboard

Gives the public the ability to craft their own budget, weigh in on Gov Evers' proposed plan Madison, Wis. — Today, the Institute for Reforming Government launched a new interactive website that allows the general public to build their own state budget. The...

IRG Calls on Governor Evers to Appeal Biden Medicaid Decision

Madison, Wis. — Today, CJ Szafir, president of the Institute for Reforming Government, called on Governor Tony Evers to appeal the Biden administration's decision to block Medicaid work requirements passed by former Gov. Scott Walker. “The Biden Administration’s...

Michael Brickman Joins IRG as Senior Fellow in Education

Madison, Wis. — Michael Brickman, a former policy official at the U.S. Department of Education and Gov. Walker policy advisor, has joined the Institute for Reforming Government as a senior fellow, focusing on public policy research and analysis in K-12 education,...

Jim Bender Joins IRG as Government Affairs Representative

Madison, Wis. — Jim Bender, former president of School Choice Wisconsin, is partnering with the Institute for Reforming Government as its Government Affairs representative and will be working at the Capitol on behalf of IRG’s interests. “We are thrilled to have Jim...