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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...

The Hill: Why work? It’s a question the Supreme Court will answer

By Former Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly Can Wisconsin require that able-bodied and childless adults work, or engage in work-related activities, as a condition of receiving BadgerCare benefits? The U.S. Supreme Court likely will answer that question when it...

Empower Wisconsin: Kelly: Evers’ extraordinary powers must end

History and experience teach us that nothing is as attractive to a government official as power.  And nothing makes it easier to take and keep than an emergency. Gov. Tony Evers has been giving us a master class on this lesson with his response to the COVID-19...

CJ Szafir Statement on Evers’ Administration Revenue Estimates

Madison, Wis. — Today, CJ Szafir, President of the Institute for Reforming Government, issued this statement in regards to the Evers' administration's revenue estimates: "Today's revenue estimates call into question why Governor Evers' agencies would request billions...

Cutting Red Tape Pays Off During COVID-19 Pandemic

Madison, Wis. — The Institute for Reforming Government (IRG) today, issued a summary white paper on emergency preparedness in Wisconsin. This white paper highlights the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on Wisconsin and bipartisan measures that were taken prior to the crisis...

COVID-19: Remember Farm Families

Madison, Wis. — COVID-19 is affecting everyone, including Wisconsin’s farmers. The Institute for Reforming Government (IRG) issued its seventh policy paper today, this one highlighting the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on Wisconsin agriculture and the resources farmers...

2011 Wisconsin Act 10: Nine Years Later and Still Successful

Madison, Wis. — The Institute for Reforming Government (IRG) issued its sixth policy paper today recognizing the success of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 (Act 10) nine years after it was introduced. The legislation to rein in collective bargaining and enable state and local...

Wisconsin Aces Manufacturing Industry

Policies states can apply to grow their own manufacturing industry Madison, Wis. — The Institute for Reforming Government issued its most recent policy paper, “Wisconsin Leads The Way In Manufacturing,” today. In 2016 and 2017 Wisconsin ranked 2nd in the nation for...

Wisconsin’s Bold Solutions for Regulatory Reform

How Wisconsin saved taxpayers money while reducing waste, fraud and abuse in state government. Madison, Wis. — The Institute for Reforming Government issued its second policy paper today highlighting Wisconsin-based reforms for reducing burdensome regulations. Since...