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IRG Action Congratulates Tim Michels on Gubernatorial Primary Win

August 9, 2022 Madison, Wis. — IRG Action Fund CEO CJ Szafir released the following statement after conservative businessman Tim Michels won Tuesday’s primary: Our team at IRG Action congratulates Tim Michels on his hard-fought victory in Tuesday’s primary. Tim has proven to Wisconsin voters that he has the leadership and experience to challenge Tony […]

IRG Action Alert: Governor Vetoes Historic K-12 Legislation

April 15, 2022 Today Governor Evers vetoed a slate of education reform bills supported by IRG Action that would have given kids everywhere a true chance at a great education. That’s why hundreds of parents from all over the state have urged lawmakers to support the proposals. Combined with his previous education vetoes this session, […]

IRG Action Statement on Governor Evers’ Veto of K-12 Education Reforms

Madison, Wis. — Governor Evers today vetoed the historic, comprehensive K-12 education reform package, which included school choice for all, breaking-up the failed Milwaukee Public School district, protecting parental rights, and expanding public charter schools. “Because of Governor Evers, the future for children in Wisconsin is less bright today,” said Chris Reader, executive vice president of […]

Gov. Evers Disappoints by Vetoing Unemployment Insurance Reforms

Madison, Wis. — IRG Action Fund Executive Vice President, Chris Reader, released the following statement after UI and welfare reform legislation was vetoed by Gov. Evers: “It is unfortunate and disappointing that Gov. Evers won’t help Wisconsin employers with the real issues they’re facing when trying to hire and recover from the pandemic. Rather than working […]

IRG Action Applauds Senate for Advancing Historic K-12 Legislation, Breaking up MPS

Madison, Wis. — Moments ago, the Wisconsin Senate passed historic legislation supported by IRG Action that would break up Milwaukee Public Schools. The Senate is also set to pass legislation that would dramatically increase educational options for children throughout the state. “The Senate is to be applauded for putting kids and families ahead of the education […]

IRG Action Applauds Senate Education Committee for Advancing K-12 Legislation

Madison, Wis. — Moments ago, the Wisconsin Senate Education Committee advanced several significant, IRG Action-backed education reform bills, including: school choice for all, breaking-up Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), ending DPI’s manipulation of school report card data, allowing microschools, protecting parental rights, requiring in-person learning options, and expanding public charter schools.  Chris Reader, Executive Vice President at IRG […]

Over 550 Wisconsinites Sign Petition in Support of Expanding School Choice

Through the efforts of IRG Action, over 550 people from across Wisconsin signed the petition below to support school choice expansion and lift income caps on the school voucher program as found in Senate Bill 974 by Senators Roth and Darling.  “Parents, from all corners of Wisconsin, want the freedom to send their children to […]

IRG Action Urges Senators to Support School Choice for All, Empowering Parents, & Breaking-up MPS

Madison, Wis. — Today, the Senate Education Committee will have a public hearing on the historic, IRG Action-backed, K-12 education reform package, which includes school choice for all, breaking-up Milwaukee Public Schools, childhood literacy reforms, and expanding public charter schools. Executive Vice President Chris Reader will be testifying along with IRG policy fellow Michael Brickman. “From […]

IRG Action Fund Praises Senate Republicans for Passing UI Reforms

“Gov. Evers should sign this commonsense legislation to boost the economy and bring real help to employers who are struggling to find workers.” Madison, Wis. — IRG Action Fund Executive Vice President, Chris Reader, released the following statement Tuesday after UI and welfare reform legislation passed the Wisconsin Senate. “Thank you to Republicans in the Senate for […]

IRG Action Statement on Historic Assembly Vote to Break Up MPS, Expand School Choice

Madison, Wis. — Today, the Wisconsin Assembly passed legislation to break up MPS and expand school choice for all students in Wisconsin, along with other education reforms. These historic changes enable every family in Wisconsin to choose which school they want to attend and would finally break up the behemoth MPS district. “This is a historic […]

IRG Action Statement on Assembly Vote to Break Up MPS

Madison, Wis. — Today, the Wisconsin Assembly passed legislation to break up MPS and improve one of the country’s worst performing school districts. CJ Szafir, CEO of IRG Action had this to say following the vote: “This historic bill is crucial to changing the educational trajectory for many urban students. Because of the sheer size of […]

Over 150 Milwaukee-area Taxpayers Sign Petition to Break Up MPS

Through the efforts of IRG Action, over 150 taxpayers in the Milwaukee-area signed the petition below to support improving the Milwaukee Public School District (MPS) by breaking it up into smaller districts. With only 4.2% of students proficient or better in Math, MPS is broken and in need of massive reforms.  Taxpayers from all over […]

Over 200 Parents Sign Letter to Lawmakers to Create Parental Bill of Rights

Through the efforts of IRG Action, over 200 parents from Milwaukee to Eau Claire have signed the parental bill of rights letter to lawmakers seeking fundamental rights as parents over their child’s education. “The Parental Bill of Rights is about empowering parents and shrinking a bloated bureaucracy,” said Chris Reader, EVP of IRG Action Fund. […]

IRG Action Fund Applauds Wisconsin Assembly for Passing UI Reforms

Madison, Wis. — IRG Action Fund Executive Vice President, Chris Reader, released the following statement after unemployment insurance and welfare reform legislation passed the State Assembly Thursday. “The legislation passed today reforms UI to make sure benefits are available for those that truly need them while also keeping taxes low for employers. By passing these bills, […]

IRG Action Statement on Assembly Education Committee Vote to Break Up MPS, Expand School Choice

Madison, Wis. — Today, the Assembly Education Committee advanced legislation to break up MPS and expand school choice for all students in Wisconsin along with other education reforms.  “This is a historic vote for Wisconsin’s families, enabling all children to have access to a school of their choosing and world-class courses and materials,” said CJ Szafir, CEO of […]

Action Alert: Assembly Education Committee Takes Historic Vote

Moments ago, the Assembly Education Committee advanced legislation that would provide school choice for all students in Wisconsin! The historic vote also included approving breaking-up Milwaukee Public Schools and dramatic public charter school expansion. Next: The full Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bills next week. We hope the Senate Education Committee holds a hearing next […]

Press Release – IRG Action Urges Lawmakers to Support School Choice for All, Empowering Parents, & Breaking-up MPS

Madison, Wis. — Today, the Assembly Education Committee will have a public hearing on parts of the historic, IRG Action-backed, K-12 education reform package, which includes school choice for all, breaking-up Milwaukee Public Schools, childhood literacy reforms, and expanding public charter schools. Executive Vice President Chris Reader will be testifying.  “It’s time for Wisconsin to lead the nation […]

IRG Action Urges Lawmakers to Support School Choice for All, Empowering Parents, & Breaking-up MPS

Today, the Assembly Education Committee will have a public hearing on parts of the historic, IRG Action-backed, K-12 education reform package, which includes school choice for all, breaking-up Milwaukee Public Schools, childhood literacy reforms, and expanding public charter schools.  Over the last few months, IRG Action has been active in connecting with and amplifying voices of teachers, […]

IRG Action Statement on Governor Evers’ State of the State Address

Madison, Wis. — Today, CJ Szafir, CEO of IRG Action Fund released the following statement in response to Governor Evers’ State of the State address: “Governor Evers isn’t fooling anyone. He tried to raise taxes by over one billion dollars, enact job-killing red tape and regulations, and give control on education decisions to special interests at […]

IRG Action Urges Senate to Take Up Unemployment Insurance and Welfare Reform Legislation

Madison, Wis. — This morning, the Senate Committee on Economic and Workforce Development voted to move important unemployment insurance and welfare bills forward to the full Senate. The votes were party-line, 3-2, with Republicans voting in favor of the bills and Democrats against.  “These bills are common sense measures to reduce fraud, fix the broken UI system, and help […]

IRG Action Supports Taxpayer Refund for Closed Schools

Madison, Wis. — Today IRG Action Fund’s Executive Vice President Chris Reader testified in front of the Assembly Committee on Education in support of Assembly Bill 964 – legislation that requires school districts to refund taxpayers if it closes its doors to in-person learning for an extended amount of time. Support for the bill comes on […]

IRG Action helps over 120 parents voice their support for the Parental Bill of Rights

Later today the Assembly Committee on Education will be hearing testimony on Assembly Bill 963, creating a Parental Bill of Rights – legislation aimed at empowering and protecting the rights of parents throughout Wisconsin. Ahead of this important hearing, IRG made outreach to parents all over the state, helping 123 of them submit a letter in support of […]

IRG Action Fund Urges Lawmakers to Reform Unemployment Insurance

Madison, Wis. — IRG Action Fund Executive Vice President, Chris Reader, testified in the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate this week in support of unemployment insurance reforms. These reforms would hold the Department of Workforce Development accountable, crackdown on individuals not showing up for interviews while still counting those interviews as a work search for benefit eligibility, […]

IRG Announces the Launch of IRG Action Fund

IRG Announces the Launch of IRG Action Fund IRG Action Fund will be focused on Reforms, Action, and Results.  Today the Institute for Reforming Government announced the launch of IRG Action Fund, a new 501(c)(4) organization that will serve as the think tank’s strategic advocacy and lobbying partner. Based on the policy reforms generated by IRG, […]