The Wisconsin Idea

The Wisconsin Idea is an independent reporting project of People’s Action Institute, Citizen Action of Wisconsin and In These Times. The Wisconsin Idea takes a closer look at the state of Wisconsin, featuring in-depth reporting on the issues facing the state’s rural communities.

Latest Stories
The Small Towns Rejecting Solar Farms
Residents are split over the largest solar farm in Wisconsin moving in next door
Hannah Faris
From Farm to Table: Farmers in Solidarity with Striking Workers
Food and agriculture companies like John Deere and Kellogg’s take advantage of workers while executives rake in record salaries.
Julie Keown-Bomar
Expectant Parents Travel Hours for Wisconsin Midwives While in Labor
Covid-19 Exacerbates the Illinois Midwife Shortage
Emma McAleavy
Public Money is Pouring Into Broadband Expansion. Will It Go Where It’s Needed Most?
Rural communities in Wisconsin scramble to use tidal wave of public funding.
Peter Cameron
Wisconsin Schools Called Police on Students at Twice the National Rate
School officials refer thousands of children to the police each year. In Wisconsin, children with disabilities or who are Black, Latino or Native bear the brunt of it.
Angelica Euseary, Clare Amari and Robert Chappell
The Momnibus Act Protects Wisconsin’s Black Babies from a Premature Death
The proposed legislation would achieve what “bias” training alone does not.
Kavin Senapathy
Wisconsin Lawmakers Propose $25 Million Package to Help Farmers
The proposed bills would create stronger connections between farmers and local institutions such as schools, hospitals and food banks; increase access to mental health services.
Henry Redman
A Quarter of Rural Wisconsinites Lack Adequate Internet Access
How communities are closing the digital divide.
Anya van Wagtendonk
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