• Policy analysis: Actually comprised of the following methods of evaluation.
• Statutory interpretation: Which laws apply to which lines of business; and how they cumulatively produce certain rights, privileges, and obligations. This helps establish the scope or boundaries of a problem or an opportunity.
• Fiscal impact analysis: How much in revenue and expenditures will most probably be caused by whichever proposal. This predicts a net budgetary fund balance or deficit for each possible alternative.
• Economic multiplier estimation: The extent to which all organizations affected by a proposal would generate a collective public impact, in terms of economic activity (exchange of money and/or of goods and services having monetary value). This helps establish net positive or negative externality to the public at large.
• Cost-benefit analysis: Application of fiscal impact analysis and economic multiplier estimation to determine the net benefit or cost to each party.
The additional layer of analysis in this step is to decide whether certain estimated parameters, such as the value of time (appreciation / depreciation), should have greater weight as a multiple of other established values. As your legislative analyst, I help you navigate these issues.
Issues Analyzed so Far
• The Role of Student-Worker Unemployment Insurance in Developing Emerging Insurance Markets, Reducing Frictional Unemployment, and Sustaining Housing Demand
• The Role of Publicized Job Acquisition Metrics in Promoting Economic Decision-Making by Student-Consumers and Developing Freer Markets in Higher Education
• The Role of Staffing Agencies in Displacing Ineffectual Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Programs, Reducing Structural Unemployment, and Producing Net Public Benefit
Awards, Certificates, and Credentials
I’ll update this section as I earn further accolades. These indicators help others decide to choose me as their Independent Legislative Analyst.
Budget and Policy Analyst – Advanced – Certification of Skill and Experience by State of Wisconsin Department of Administration
Program and Policy Analyst – Agency – Certification of Skill and Experience by State of Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Financial Specialist 2 – Certification of Skill and Experience by UW-Madison CALS
• M.A. Public Administration (MPA), UW-Milwaukee, with a concentration on federalism.
• B.S. Political Science, UW-Milwaukee, with an emphasis on political economy.
• A.A. Communications, UW-Washington County, which involved voter registration work.
It should be noted: My economic calculations come from industry experience, not some prognostications of Ivory Tower academicians who never held a real job. As your legislative analyst, I use time-tested, real-world assumptions and evaluate any requested assumptions under the same light.
Why Bother with Legislative Analysis?
Because it allows you to foresee potential threats and opportunities for your organization.
One example of such a threat is the sudden corporate backlash over religious-freedom bills enacted in the states of Oklahoma, Indiana, and South Carolina, as well as in some cities. The media decried such laws as anti-LGBT and therefore discriminatory, but very few businesses paid attention to these bills while they were in committee.
Suddenly, Corporate America and some Main Street shops were fretting over a situation that was now mostly beyond their control: A negative public image, at a time when a cosmopolitan impression is sought, by a new law.
These businesses could have prevented such needless worrying by hiring an independent legislative analyst to keep tabs on these bills and related developments.
A prime instance of an opportunity missed by most organizations is that of undeveloped markets. Insurance is especially ripe for market expansion because practically anything can be insured.
Most insurance firms dismiss unemployment insurance (UI) as a market opportunity because states collect revenues for and pay out benefits from such a fund. However, expanding the eligibility rolls of UI beneficiaries will, in fact, facilitate the purchase of other forms of non-health insurance.
This is due to the trickle-up effect, where those with more disposable income spend on products and services they would like to have but need to abstain from if below a certain income threshold.
Automotive insurance is one of these “nice to haves” that is required by law, such that technically no one may drive without it, but many nonetheless do. Unaffordability is the most commonly cited reason (although not an excuse) for illegally driving without auto insurance.
Any solution to this problem would necessarily increase revenue for auto insurance companies. So, what’s an idea they haven’t tried on this front?
Persuade the state legislature to allow student-worker unemployment insurance! Much less a leap in administrative procedures than the Affordable Care Act, lifting the ban on student-worker UI requires no changes at the state level — requiring college campuses to perform the pass-through accounting work — while benefiting recent students, insurance companies, and the public at large.
UI benefits for student employees would allow recent graduates to drive around for job interviews without having to worry about paying auto insurance and gasoline without an existing job: The UI takes care of it!
The above examples are just a few of the many insights discoverable by an independent legislative analyst. Free from affiliation with any government agency or interest group, you can rely upon a clear-eyed, sober analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threat (SWOT) as they pertain to pending legislation’s effects on your organization.
For example, no one is paid to discourage people from adopting the idea of attending a university after high school. And yet, this widespread college attendance is a poor use of resources in many instances.
Having achieved the personal and professional goal of higher education reform, my focus has since been upon providing the best legislative analysis money can buy. Bespoke policy analysis is only a click away.