Publications for 2016

The Big Giveaway: Updated Figures

June 29, 2016
New information sheds additional light on the size of the Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit for the very richest individuals.

The Big Giveaway: Costly Tax Credit has Done Little to Boost Employment

June 28, 2016
A new tax break that allows some businesses to pay next to nothing in income taxes winds up mostly in the pockets of the extremely wealthy. A new 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 has done little to promote job creation. The Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit, which lawmakers passed in 2011, nearly wipes out income taxes for manufacturers and agricultural producers — at a very steep price.

Pulling Apart 2016: Focus on Wisconsin’s 1%

June 20, 2016
Over the last 40 years, Wisconsin’s richest residents have experienced dramatic increases in income, yet the rest of the state’s residents have experienced little or no income growth.

A Summary of Recent Legislative Action on Taxes and the Budget Process

March 31, 2016
Lawmakers introduced scores of bills to create or expand tax breaks, and also a number of bills relating to the budget process.

A Summary of Recent Legislative Action on Higher Education

March 30, 2016
Lawmakers passed several minor bills to expand opportunity for college students, but did not address the issue of helping students who graduate with a large amount of student loan debt.

Wisconsin’s Electorate and Economy: What the National Media Should Know about Wisconsin

March 29, 2016
A variety of facts about Wisconsin and how it compares to other states, for reporters and others looking for context for Wisconsin's presidential primary.

A Summary of Recent Legislative Action on Criminal Justice

March 24, 2016
Legislators passed several bills that affect public safety and the state’s corrections system. They also missed several opportunities to make major improvements to the corrections system.

A Summary of Recent Legislative Action on Education

March 21, 2016
Wisconsin state lawmakers wrapped up their legislative session, after passing several bills affecting education. Several proposals that received a significant amount of media coverage did not pass.

2016 Federal Poverty Levels

February 12, 2016

Wisconsin’s Public Sector is Leaner than Most Other States’

February 1, 2016
Wisconsin ranks 39th in the number of government workers per population, meaning Wisconsin’s state and local governments are leaner than all but 11 other states.