Yesterday, when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted my op-ed describing the history surrounding enactment of the Wisconsin recall, I expected the usual suspects to flood the comment thread. The process usually goes something like this: I spend weeks swimming in microfilm and documents at the State Historical Society in order to produce a fact-based report. […]
At the same time WPRI is releasing a study demonstrating the superiority of public pension programs over private plans, similar fights are brewing around the country. Take Fairfax County, Virginia (my home county, incidentally), which is proposing raising taxes specifically to fund higher benefits for teachers: (Via Reason) “The FCTA asked why the school board […]
Today, WPRI released a report by Mike Nichols (with research assistance by me) that delves into the origin of public financing for campaigns in Wisconsin. While the intent of using taxpayer dollars to run campaigns was noble – supporters thought it would lead to more competitive elections and reduced special interest influence – the actual […]
Last week, my report recommending term limits for Wisconsin legislators was released. Reaction both for and against term limits has been rolling in, and it cuts across ideological lines. Conservative blogger Owen Robinson opposes them. Conservative radio talk show host Charlie Sykes supports them. Liberal Ed Garvey’s position is, as usual, incomprehensible. He claims I […]
My new WPRI Report, “The Case for Term Limits in Wisconsin,” hits newsstands today. It begins with this story: As a young man in the early part of the 1900s, future Hall of Fame baseball manager Casey Stengel played for a barnstorming team, traveling to rural towns to play for big crowds. Oftentimes, their team […]
With governments all over the country figuring out how to handle their growing immigrant populations, WPRI thought it would be instructive to examine the economic effect immigrants have had on the City of Green Bay. The report attempts to quantify the costs and benefits of a large immigrant (both legal and illegal) population in a […]
Today, WPRI issued a report detailing Governor Doyle\’s proposed oil company tax. News accounts of the report can be found in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here and the Wisconsin State Journal here.
Today, WPRI issued a report detailing Governor Doyle’s proposed oil company tax. News accounts of the report can be found in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here and the Wisconsin State Journal here.
Yesterday, WPRI released my study on cable competition. Articles on the study appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and the Racine Journal Times (same AP story, complete with entertaining reader comments). I also appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, which can be heard here. Fox 6 news in Milwaukee also ran […]