Institute for Reforming Government

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
IRG is a non-profit 501(c)3 think tank that provides public policy analysis and recommendations.

Lobbying Interests:
Tax reform, K-12 education, higher education, government programs and benefits, and state agencies.

Title:
President

Contact
CJS
Charles J Szafir
PO Box 1651
Madison, WI 53703
(262) 599-9789
cj@reforminggovernment.org
https://www.reforminggovernment.org/

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
Charles J Szafir Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 1/2/2021 Withdrawn On N/A
James Bender Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 3/17/2021 Withdrawn On 10/4/2021
Chris Reader Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 8/10/2021 Withdrawn On N/A

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Assembly Bill 378
Assembly Bill 378
Relating to: making school district and school financial information available to the public. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/11/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 446
Assembly Bill 446
Relating to: reading readiness assessments and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
9/9/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 488
Assembly Bill 488
Relating to: requiring school boards to make information about learning materials and educational activities used for pupil instruction available to the public. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/11/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 563
Assembly Bill 563
Relating to: required instruction in civic education in the elementary and high school grades; high school graduation requirements; and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
9/22/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
We strongly support improving civics education in K-12 schools, but do not agree with extending the curriculum requirements to private schools.
Assembly Bill 564
Assembly Bill 564
Relating to: reports concerning state agency expenditure of federal coronavirus relief funds and allocating federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funding for grants to school districts, independent charter schools, and private schools for mental health ...

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
9/21/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 354
Senate Bill 354
Relating to: participation in federal unemployment benefit programs and work search requirements for unemployment insurance. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
5/25/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 373
Senate Bill 373
Relating to: making school district and school financial information available to the public. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 89

For
Notification Date
5/26/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 454
Senate Bill 454
Relating to: reading readiness assessments and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
9/9/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 463
Senate Bill 463
Relating to: requiring school boards to make information about learning materials and educational activities used for pupil instruction available to the public. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/11/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Joint Resolution 84
Senate Joint Resolution 84
Relating to: expenditure of moneys Wisconsin receives from the federal government (first consideration).

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/13/2022
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

Occupational Licensing reform
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Occupational Licensing reform

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/14/2022
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Unemployment Insurance reform
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Unemployment Insurance reform

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/14/2022
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

K-12 reading comprehension and retention reform
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
K-12 reading comprehension and retention reform

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/13/2022
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

School property tax credit reform
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
School property tax credit reform

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/13/2022
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

School board reform
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
School board reform

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/13/2022
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Charter school reform
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Charter school reform

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
1/13/2022
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Bail reform
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Bail reform

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
12/31/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

creation of programs to give parents more K-12 educational options
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
creation of programs to give parents more K-12 educational options

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
10/4/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

taxation of individual income in Wisconsin
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
taxation of individual income in Wisconsin

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
10/4/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

reforming welfare to incentivize work
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
reforming welfare to incentivize work

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
5/25/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Accountability of schools to taxpayers
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Accountability of schools to taxpayers

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
4/27/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Improving higher education to make it more affordable and better equipped to educate students
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Improving higher education to make it more affordable and better equipped to educate students

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
4/27/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Expanding course access for K-12 students
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Expanding course access for K-12 students

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
4/12/2021
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Total Lobbying Effort

  2021
January - June
2021
July - December
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2021
January - June
$1,152.71
2021
July - December
$3,784.30
Total $4,937.01
Total Hours Communicating 2021
January - June
7.30
2021
July - December
24.60
Total 31.90
Total Hours Other 2021
January - June
11.00
2021
July - December
29.00
Total 40.00

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: participation in federal unemployment benefit programs and work search requirements for unemployment insurance. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
5 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 1 %
Relating to: making school district and school financial information available to the public. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
10 %
2021
July - December
5 %
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 7 %
Relating to: making school district and school financial information available to the public. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
5 %
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 4 %
Relating to: reading readiness assessments and granting rule-making authority. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
5 %
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 4 %
Relating to: reading readiness assessments and granting rule-making authority. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
5 %
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 4 %

Budget Bill Subjects

No budget bill subjects found.

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

No administrative rulemaking proceedings found.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
10 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 3 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
20 %
2021
July - December
15 %
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 16 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
25 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 6 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
30 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 8 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
8 %
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 6 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
15 %
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 11 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
35 %
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 26 %

Minor Efforts

(Time spent on matters each of which accounted for less than 10% of the organization's lobbying.)

Minor Efforts
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
7 %
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 5 %

Other Matters

No other matters found.

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures