Issue Briefs

Engagement in STEM Education

Recent efforts by federal, state and local governments and private sector demand have made STEM-related fields of study much more accessible to students across the country. Both private and public sch…

The Death of Cash as a Vehicle for Saving

The nation’s supply of financial capital consists largely of the flow of savings from American households. However, in today’s monetary environment, savers are pressed — they might as well put their d…

The Future of Farming and Rise of Biotechnology

Today, more than 800 million people are malnourished, meaning they do not get the minimum energy requirements set by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of 1,690 calories per da…

Medicaid Expansion: Wisconsin Got It Right

A well-known provision of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) required states to expand Medicaid eligibility to individuals with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty…

How Obamacare Is Affecting Wisconsin's Workers and Employers

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is having a profound effect on the labor market and raising the cost of health benefits for both employers and individuals. The impact on small bus…

The Potential of Thorium for Safer, Cleaner and Cheaper Energy

Nuclear energy promised to generate low-cost electricity safely, with fewer environmental and health problems from air and water pollution than fossil-fueled power plants. For a number of reasons, tha…

Risky Business: Will Taxpayers Bail Out Health Insurers?

Despite the president’s assurance that “if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan,” Obamacare caused significant disruption to people’s coverage as the health insurance exchanges pre…

Lessons from Teach For America

There is widespread agreement among education reformers that public school teachers should be hired based on their subject matter competence rather than their formal credentials; that the best teacher…