• How LIFO Acts as a Tax Loophole for American Corporations
    By Jeff Wang Information concerning inventory and its related accounts are required items that need to be reported on financial statements at the end of each financial period. In the United States, governing accounting boards allow corporations to use three different methods of accounting for the cost of inventory. Each different method produces varying information…
  • Accountability over the Government’s Language
    By Hannah Sohn Statement of the problem: America renders a message of apparent contradiction — a nation founded by immigrants yet simmering with discourse concerning whether or not they belong. The immigration narrative continues to evolve as new policies are put in place. The issue of immigration transcends politics and shifts discussion regarding immigrants, discrimination…
  • Reducing the Shortage of Affordable Housing in the State of Wisconsin
    By Amy Shircel Executive Summary:  This policy memo addresses problems and solutions surrounding Wisconsin’s workforce housing crisis. A background on the state of Wisconsin’s population and housing market will lay out the scope of the issue, followed by an issue analysis of how a lack of workforce housing ultimately inhibits Wisconsin’s economic competitiveness. Lack of…
  • Adapting the TSCTP to Mali’s Needs
    By Anitha Quintin The U.S War on Terror in the Sahara-Sahel The Trans-Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership (TSCTP) was created in 2005 as a successor to the Pan-Sahel Initiative (Kieh and Kalu 2013, 89). The TSCTP seeks to continue the mission of its predecessor and defeat terrorist organizations through a combination of military and diplomatic support…
  • Explanatory Economic Factors in Femicides
    By Montserrat Ponce-Parra Problem Gender violence is categorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a major public health problem. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimated that in 2017, 87 thousand women were murdered and that 58% of the homicides were perpetuated by an intimate partner or family member. Homicide is…
  • How Inadequate American Responses to Cyber Attacks Impair Foreign Policy
    By Nils Peterson Problem In the modern era, warfare goes beyond air, land, and sea to include cyberspace. This new realm of war forms a central part of American military force because computers undergird the United States’ ability to wage war. The ability to use cyberspace to launch attacks against America from a distance also…
  • De-escalation of Tensions Between the United States and The Islamic Republic of Iran
    By Sarah Niemann Background: U.S Iranian Relations Concerning Oil Sanctions On January 16, 2016 the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was implemented triggering the removal of crippling U.S, E.U, and UN sanctions on Iran’s economy that were restricting Iran’s oil exports, in return for the termination of Iran’s nuclear program. Oil is the main driver…
  • Make Housing Affordable Before Students Are Priced Out
    By Matthew Mitnick SUMMARY This policy memo offers recommendations for student affordable housing to the Madison Common Council. The challenge of affordability for University of Wisconsin – Madison students on campus is outlined, with an explanation of what types of projects qualify as affordable housing. Solutions that have been implemented across the country, as well…
  • Implications for National Security and UK/USA with Huawei’s Role in UK 5G
    By Kelly MacGarrigle Executive Summary Unless the UK halts the rollout of the 5G telecommunications network provided by the Chinese company Huawei, the US intelligence community cannot continue to share SIGINT within the UKUSA alliance safely. It is difficult to trust and share information in a network partially built by a company with compromising ties…
  • Wisconsin Redistricting: A case for switching to “Iowa Model”
    By Spencer Lindsay Statement of the Problem The Constitution of the United States guarantees a right to an attorney in all criminal proceedings which may result in imprisonment. The Sixth Amendment reads: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to…have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence (U. S. Const. amend. IV).”…
  • Improving Attorney Access in Wisconsin through Investment in the Public Defender’s Office
    By Kati Kons Problem ― Why the current redistricting process needs reform For decades, the problem of partisan gerrymandering has been a point of contention involving state legislatures, governors, the supreme court and voters. Created and practiced as a ploy for political parties to hold on to power, gerrymandering fits into a category of political…
  • Making Election Day Accessible
    By Julia Kessel Problem: Presidential Elections are not easily accessible or available to all eligible voters of the United States. Currently, our election process is not easily accessible to all citizens of the United States. Voting is a right, not a privilege and US policy needs to properly reflect that. My proposal is to make…
  • Enhancing and Integrating Army Civil Affairs Capability
    By Benjamin Keeler Background – What is Civil Affairs? Modern conflict is viewed within the land, sea, air, and cyber domains. The collection of these factors is referred to in Army doctrine as Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). An increasingly important part of Army MDO practice is engagement and competition in the civil domain. U.S. Army Civil…
  • Improving Coastal Disaster Response Capabilities Without Diminishing Military Readiness
    By Jamey Kane Introduction The United States faces a growing threat from Coastal Disasters (CDs). CDs, which include tropical cyclones (hurricanes) and tsunamis, are also an increasing threat to other countries. Research indicates climate change will increase the frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones (IPCC 2018). In addition, a trend of growing population density means…
  • How a Lack of Reentry Resources Contributes to Recidivism
    By Ali Jackson Background – Past Policy and the Current State of Recidivism As of 2011, Wisconsin had an average of 31.3% of ex-convicts reoffending and being sentenced a second or third time. Still, the state spending on corrections has increased significantly. On February 28th, 200219 Governor Tony Evers and the State of Wisconsin Department…
  • Disabled Students of Color Are Facing Disparate Treatment in Chicago Public School
    By Alanna Goldstein Problem Given the standard policy to segregate school classrooms by ability, disabled students of color in Chicago public schools are not receiving equal access to public education. Thus, recommendations to improve the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the context of racial segregation in the Chicago public school district are necessary.…
  • A Proposal To End Gerrymandering via Independent Commissions
    By Simon Fischer The practice of gerrymandering has become a growing issue in our electoral politics. The concept itself has existed for centuries, but given the United States’ winner-take-all system and the polarization in Congress, gerrymandering has had a profound, yet understated effect on the political landscape of our country. It has drastically reduced the…
  • Campaign Methods and Government Allocation
    By Cody Byers Problem – Competing political candidates offer opposing views, leading to confusion, fatigue, and misallocation The issue of interventionist government spending is nothing new to policy discussion. An intense topic of debate in the current presidential race is whether to implement a number of government programs spanning from universal health care, nationwide minimum…
  • Nuclear Energy and Its Role in Clean Energy
    By Seap Bhardwaj Problem – Nuclear Energy is Not Given Enough Credit Nuclear energy, when compared to other nonrenewable sources of energy, is a clean and sustainable source. Compared to coal, oil, and gas, nuclear energy cuts out harmful negative externalities such as carbon dioxide and pollution, making it a source of energy that can…
  • American Transparency and Accountability with Military Decisions
    By Nilay Bhadra Why are the decisions we are taking incorrect? The United States’ role in foreign matters has increased so much since the framing of the constitution that the method through which decisions are taken is ineffective. One of the biggest drawbacks of our present system is the principal-agent problem, which occurs when the…
  • Improving and Sustaining the Health of American Communities
    Promoting Investment and Innovation in Social Determinants of Health Interventions through State Medicaid Programs By Noel Martin D. Rubio Problem – A public goods problem leads to underinvestment in critical social, economic, and environmental supports to health The social determinants of health (SDoH)—defined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as…
  • Reforming Eminent Domain in the State of Wisconsin
    In this policy memo, Ryan Thiele outlines the issues of Wisconsin’s vague eminent domain law, using the Village of Mt. Pleasant’s deal with the Foxconn corporation as an example of badly needed reform. Eminent Domain’s Revolution and Effects Kelo v. City of New London Eminent domain is the power of the government to take private…