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Grant Recipient Spotlight: Institute for Reforming Government


The Institute for Reforming Government (IRG) seeks to simplify government at every level by offering policy solutions to thought leaders in American government in the areas of tax reform, government inefficiency, and burdensome regulations. IRG works as a conduit among several statewide, regional, and national organizations to put forward legislative reform.

Since its launch in 2017 with a Bradley Foundation seed grant, Madison-based IRG has published studies evaluating the socioeconomic impact of policy reforms of the last decade, including Act 10, healthcare reform, and workforce development. CJ Szafir, formerly Executive Vice President at Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), took the helm of IRG in June 2020 as president. He is joined by the Honorable Daniel Kelly, former Justice on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, who, as Senior Fellow in Constitutional Governance, is leading IRG’s efforts to increase accountability and oversight of Wisconsin state agencies.

IRG’s research, policy summaries and proposals have already fueled dialogue on continued government reform. In 2021, look for IRG to create diverse coalitions of community leaders and educate them on the legislative process. IRG will also engage think tanks, business leaders and donors as it organizes meetings statewide to discuss policy reform.

IRG is building coalitions to put forward the next wave of free market, limited government, and education reform policies in Wisconsin. Learn more at www.reforminggovernment.org.

Institute for Reforming Government