Publications for 2012

Thousands of Jobless Wisconsin Workers Face Termination of Income at the End of December

December 13, 2012
This holiday season is a very worrisome one for the families of about two million Americans, including 40,000 in Wisconsin, who may soon lose their federal unemployment benefits. Those benefits, known as Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), are scheduled to end on December 29.

“Fiscal Cliff” Webinar Featuring Joan Huffer of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

December 12, 2012
On December 11, Joan Huffer of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington D.C.-based think tank that employs some of the nation's best minds on fiscal policy issues, presented a webinar on the so-called fiscal cliff.

Pulling Apart 2012: Wisconsin’s Growing Income Inequality

November 20, 2012
Income inequality continues to grow in Wisconsin and the United States, producing an ever-widening chasm between the rich and poor. Since the mid-1990s, Wisconsin’s richest residents experienced dramatic increases in inflation-adjusted income, while middle- and lower-income Wisconsinites saw their incomes stagnate or decrease.

Middle of the Pack: Wisconsin Typical in Government Spending

October 8, 2012
In contrast to persistent myths about government spending in Wisconsin, new figures released by the Census Bureau show that Wisconsin state and local governments rank close to the national average in spending.

A Flatter State Income Tax Would Take a Toll on Wisconsin

September 5, 2012
A proposal to change Wisconsin’s tax system could cut taxes for high earners, even though the well-off already pay a smaller share of their income in state taxes than lower-income taxpayers.

Wisconsin’s Public Sector is Leanest in Nearly Two Decades

August 29, 2012
The number of government workers in Wisconsin compared to the state’s population has dropped to its lowest levels in nearly 20 years. Wisconsin ranks 40th in the number of government workers per population, meaning Wisconsin’s state and local governments are leaner than all but 10 other states.

Using the ACA to Fill the Gap in BadgerCare: Who Would be Served and What Is It Likely to Cost?

July 31, 2012
Funding in the Affordable Care Act gives Wisconsin an opportunity to close a very large gap in BadgerCare – coverage for low-income adults who aren’t custodial parents of minor children.

Wisconsin Taxes as Share of Income at 15-Year Low

June 18, 2012
By some measures, Wisconsin residents are paying less than ever in taxes, even before the recent round of tax-cutting by the Legislature.

Phase-Out of Federal Unemployment Insurance Hits Wisconsin: Action Taken by Congress Reduces Benefits for Out-of-Work Wisconsinites

June 14, 2012
Thousands of jobless workers in Wisconsin will see their unemployment benefits end prematurely, as Congress begins phasing out the federal portion of the unemployment insurance program.