Wisconsin’s Prison Price Tag: Still Growing
A leading official in Governor Walker’s administration has said that the state will need to spend more money – soon – to expand the state’s prison capacity. State policymakers should take this opportunity to reform the state’s corrections system in a way that locks up fewer people, keeps costs down, and protects public safety.
Rural, Northern Wisconsin Projected to Lose Large Numbers of Children in Coming Years
In some areas of northern and central Wisconsin, the number of children is expected to decline by up to a quarter over the next 25 years, presenting a host of challenges to communities that are already struggling to stay economically vibrant.
Wisconsin’s Tax Ranking Drops, but Pace of Job Creation Stays Slow
Wisconsin’s ranking among the states in many measures of government revenue and spending has dropped considerably since about 2000, but that hasn’t translated into an increased pace of job creation.

Recent Publications

Test your Knowledge of Taxes and Spending in Wisconsin
October 17, 2017
Middle of the Pack: Wisconsin Government Revenue is Similar to that of Other States
October 17, 2017
Wisconsin is close to average in most measures of revenue and spending among the states, according to new figures from the Census Bureau.
A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for Health Care
September 27, 2017
The 2017-19 budget bill signed by the Governor contains a number of new requirements for participation in public assistance programs. However, relative to Governor Walker’s previous budgets, the health care portion of the latest budget bill makes relatively modest changes in health care funding and policy. Although the bill contains a few significant changes in BadgerCare and Medicaid policy, it is possible that much more substantial changes will be debated later this session if Congress approves proposals that could radically transform Medicaid.
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