ON-Lion Letter
In June, The American Conservative Union Foundation and its state partner, the Wisconsin Family Council (WFC), unveiled an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to Wisconsin's mid-range score on the Family Prosperity Index (FPI) and their recommendations for improving the prosperity of families and businesses in the state.  The report -- the first state-specific study following the national introduction of the FPI at the CPAC conference earlier this year -- highlights Wisconsin's poor score on entrepreneurship and its low marriage rate, compounded by its significant out-migration rate, as factors in the state's overall FPI rank of No. 18 in the nation.

FPI, created by ACU Foundation economists Wendy Warcholik and J. Scott Moody is an entirely new tool that does what no resource has done before –- demonstrate quantitatively the undeniable link between economic and social policy in determining family prosperity.  It provides a road map for finding real solutions to the cultural and financial problems that keep families, and the nation, from flourishing.  A more-holistic measure than the one-dimensional GDP, which only considers economic data, FPI makes it possible to measure U.S. progress every year and rate states against each other according to how well they are providing an environment for families to flourish.

It provides the credible data that state policymakers, civic and religious leaders, think tanks, and activists need in order to develop and advocate effectively for policies that improve the prosperity of families and the communities where they live.

"The Family Prosperity Index is game-changing,” according to WFC president Julaine Appling.  "For the first time, decision makers have reliable data that shows how social and economic issues are dynamically inter-related.  It is an honor to have Wisconsin be the first state with a specific report generated from an in-depth look at the data contained in the FPI.  

"We understand that strong families make for a strong Wisconsin," Appling continued.  "This report gives us the data and some excellent ideas for how to strengthen families by improving the economy and, conversely, how to strengthen the economy by improving in areas such as marriage and fertility rates.  I am looking forward to meeting with legislators to talk about how we can use this report to move Wisconsin into the top 10.  There's no reason we shouldn't be there right along with Minnesota and Iowa."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports FPI.

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