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A Wisconsin Budget for All: How We Can Invest to Help Wisconsin Communities Thrive
For too long, we’ve all been told that there’s not enough money in the budget to help our communities thrive. That is not true.
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Budget Cuts and Teacher Shortages: With Fewer Resources, Schools Struggle to Find Teachers
Wisconsin students attend schools that invest significantly less resources per student than they did a decade ago. School spending in Wisconsin declined in recent years, in contrast to the national trend of increasing resources for schools. Most school spending consists of employee salaries and benefits, and Wisconsin school districts have reduced both.
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Prison Price Tag: The High Cost of Wisconsin’s Corrections Policies
By emphasizing high-cost incarceration that has produced questionable results over less expensive alternatives, lawmakers require taxpayers and communities to pick up the bill for the state’s short-sighted priorities.

Recent Publications

A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for Early Care and Education
February 21, 2017
The Governor’s budget proposes a significant increase in funding for the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program. Nevertheless, the proposed appropriations would be far below the amounts expended in past years, before the state made policy changes that have significantly reduced the reimbursement rates and the number of families and providers participating in the subsidy program.
A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for K-12 Education
February 14, 2017
Governor Walker has proposed an education budget that significantly increases resources for Wisconsin K-12 schools, with most of the increase delivered in a way that would move the state away from its commitment to providing more assistance to districts with less capacity to boost local property tax support for schools.
The Big Giveaway is Getting Bigger: Updated Figures Show Growing Tax Credit is Inefficient, Costly
February 2, 2017
A tax credit that allows manufacturers and some other businesses to pay next to nothing in income taxes has ballooned far beyond original cost estimates and is slanted to favor a small group of wealthy claimants, according to newly‑released figures.
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