ON-Lion Letter
Concerned about Wisconsin's slow, little-noted descent, a major new project called Refocus Wisconsin hopes to open more people's eyes to the real issues facing the state, so that together, its citizens can envision some genuine solutions. 

The project was developed with the belief that Wisconsinites born in recent years are facing a starkly different life than the one their grandparents enjoyed.  It is an in-depth, multifaceted study of long-term economic, education, and quality-of-life trends in the state, and includes the most-comprehensive polling ever of Wisconsinites' attitudes and concerns.

"Refocus Wisconsin is an effort to go around the politicians and special interests," according to George Lightbourn, president of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, which is sponsoring the project with substantial support from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.

"The project devoted significant attention to hearing from the citizens," Lightbourn continued.  "Our polling showed what's on the mind of people throughout Wisconsin, including the City of Milwaukee.  The citizens of Milwaukee are remarkable in their optimism and their positive outlook on life.  However, we also found that they feel abandoned by state government and their public school system."

Refocus Wisconsin will be releasing a series of findings by scholars regarding state's history, economics, schools, and government -- as well as numerous short documentaries by independent filmmakers beginning in September.  Events will be scheduled around the state to share the films and findings with the public.
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