Wisconsin state lawmakers have proposed an education budget that includes a small increase in funding for public schools, lowers property taxes compared to what they would otherwise be, devotes new resources to voucher schools, and eliminates many of the standards required to get a teaching license.
The middle class is being hard hit all over the country, and Wisconsin’s middle class is taking the hardest hit of all. Wisconsin’s middle class, once nearly the strongest in the country, has shrunk more than in any other state.
Wisconsin’s growth and prosperity are not being widely shared. Over the last 40 years, Wisconsin’s richest residents have experienced dramatic increases in income, while Wisconsinites not among the very highest earners saw little or no income growth.