May 2, 2017 | by Mike Bare | Policy Isn't this curious? At the same time that Congressional Republicans and President Trump were deriding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces for leading to less competition in the private health insurance market in many states, the board of Republican appointees who oversee the Wisconsin State Employee Health Plan (WSEHP) voted to purposely move from a highly competitive insurance market to a non-competitive self-insured model.
July 19, 2016 | by Mike Bare | Policy Last week, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced S. 3231, The Stronger Way Act. This bill is based on several years of the Public Policy Institute’s work on developing and testing policies that would dramatically reduce poverty. We encourage you contact your senators and member of Congress today to ask them to support The Stronger Way Act.
July 6, 2016 | by Becca Alt | Policy The dichotomy between using education as a means of eradicating poverty, on the one hand, and tackling poverty to close achievement gaps, on the other hand, is a false dichotomy. In order to close achievement gaps on a wide scale, we must implement policies to reduce poverty, and in order to reduce the disabling effects of poverty, we need to ensure that all children have access to high-quality educational environments at home and at school, from the cradle to graduation. We know that there are social, economic, and educational policies that have been proven to both decrease poverty and the effects poverty has on children’s academic success. Thus, the question is not how to close achievement gaps and stop the cycle of poverty, but rather, do we have the will to implement policies that we know will significantly improve outcomes for America’s most vulnerable?