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?
April 21, 2016 | by Becca Alt | Policy Milwaukee County has had slower than average life expectancy growth for the poor since 2001 and reports much lower life expectancy rates for the poor than most of its neighboring counties (e.g. Ozaukee, Waukesha, Washington, and Jefferson).
March 17, 2016 | by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute | Policy The Brookings Institute recently released a paper titled “Income Inequality, Social Mobility, and the Decision to Drop Out Of High School,” a study of whether there is a causal relationship between low social mobility rates and high levels of income inequality. Policies that only try to address the symptoms of poverty—in this case higher dropout rates—are bandages for a grave condition requiring much more care.
December 1, 2015 | by Julie Kerksick | Policy I just listened to a great discussion about the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in reducing poverty and improving educational and health outcomes for children and their parents. It's highlighting a fall 2015 issue of the journal Insight, co-sponsored by three grantmakers, titled “Two Generation Approaches to Poverty Reduction and the EITC.” This stuff matters a lot--and especially because the Earned Income Credit and Child Tax Credits are facing reductions in the next two years.
October 2, 2015 | by Melissa McGaughey | Events We hope you’re getting geared up to join us at Tuesday evening’s book reading at Boswell Books at 7pm. Congresswoman Gwen Moore also loved the book “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.” She loved it so much, she interviewed the co-author Kathryn Edin, linked to here! Hope to see you Tuesday!
September 8, 2015 | by Melissa McGaughey | Events We hope you will join the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute (CA-PPI) and Boswell Book Company in welcoming H. Luke Shaefer for a talk and book signing on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00pm. The reading will take place at Boswell Book Company at 2559 N. Downer Ave in Milwaukee. Shaefer’s book, "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America," co-authored with Kathryn Edin, shines a light on the 1.5 million American households struggling to survive with virtually no income.