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State Tax Collections Fall Far Short of Projections

State revenue collections fell $281 million (2.0%) short of projections during the fiscal year that ended on June 30. Rather than growing by 1% as anticipated, state tax collections fell by 1%, and that will cause a substantial jump in the state’s structural deficit.

Health
Despite Calling Medicaid Expansion Funds Unreliable, State Lawmakers Rely on Other ObamaCare Funds

In the Wisconsin debate about whether to accept federal funding for expanding BadgerCare, there has been little attention paid to a significant inconsistency used in the arguments made by many opponents of using those funds.

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Formula for Falling Behind: Lawmakers Should Fix Homestead Credit Formula

The erosion of the Homestead Credit is an example of how failing to account for even small increases in the cost of living can harm tax relief in a significant way.

Recent Publications

Fewer Teachers, More Poverty Mean Challenges for Wisconsin Schools
August 27, 2014

As the new school year approaches, Wisconsin schools face significant challenges.

Breaking with Tradition: How Wisconsin Lawmakers Have Shortchanged a Legacy of Investment in the State’s Future
August 6, 2014

Since 2011, a majority of state lawmakers have turned their backs on Wisconsin’s long and proud history of investment in education, health care and other assets that once ensured the state’s civic and economic progress.

Missing Out: Recent Tax Cuts Deliver Little to People Who Earn the Least
June 3, 2014

Three major tax cut packages passed by the Wisconsin legislature in the last year have delivered relatively little benefit to the lowest earners, who are struggling to make ends meet. In dollar amounts, the largest tax cuts went to the Wisconsin taxpayers who earned the most.

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