Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

The 58,000 Job Question

September 1, 2014

 New Report Takes Comprehensive Look at Weaknesses , Strengths of Wisconsin’s Labor Market

Wisconsin’s economy is adding jobs at a slow pace, wage growth has stalled, and many workers don’t have the security and opportunity they need to get ahead, … Read more

This Fall, Wisconsin Students Are Heading Back to Crowded Classrooms

August 28, 2014

Classroom sizes in Wisconsin have increased substantially in recent years, according to a new analysis from the Wisconsin Budget Project.   

Wisconsin still has fewer students per teacher than the national average, but our rank has been dropping. In 2004-05, … Read more

Wisconsin Women Twice as Likely as Men to Hold a Low-Wage Job

August 20, 2014

Women are vastly-overrepresented in jobs that pay low wages, in Wisconsin and across the country, according to a new report from the National Women’s Law Center.

Women’s educational attainment and work experience have increased dramatically in recent decades, but … Read more

To Reduce Income Inequality and Boost Economic Growth, Make sure every Student has an Opportunity to Attend College

August 13, 2014

Rising levels of income inequality are acting as a drag on the U.S. economy, but we can counter the economic harm by expanding opportunities to attend college, according to a new report from Standard & Poor’s, a financial services … Read more

New Report: How Wisconsin Lawmakers Have Broken with Tradition and Undermined a Legacy of Investment

August 6, 2014

Four years ago Wisconsin was made a promise. The promise was that the best way to generate economic growth was through significant tax and spending cuts. The tax and spending cuts have occurred, but unfortunately for all of us, the … Read more

Governor’s Guidance Gives Hints of What’s to come in Next Budget

July 31, 2014

Governor Walker has given state agencies guidance on how to develop their proposals for Wisconsin’s next budget, giving some glimpses into what the state’s 2015-17 budget might bring. 

Wisconsin has a two-year budget. The budget process starts in the … Read more

Paul Ryan’s New Poverty Plan Focuses on Opportunity, but Comes up Short

July 29, 2014

Paul Ryan has a released a new poverty plan that advocates consolidating federal safety net programs and turning the money over to the states. It’s always worth taking a look at changes that could make anti-poverty program more effective, but … Read more

Five Years with No Raise for Minimum Wage Workers

July 24, 2014

LivethewageToday marks the fifth anniversary of the last increase in the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009.

The minimum wage has lost about 11% of its purchasing power due to inflation since 2009, … Read more

Tax Cuts Aren’t Delivering Job Growth, in Wisconsin or Elsewhere

July 17, 2014

Wisconsin isn’t the only state that has made deep tax cuts on the premise of boosting the economy, only to find out that the promised job growth has not materialized. Kansas and North Carolina also passed large tax cuts and … Read more

New Bill in Congress Would Make Wisconsin’s Budget Harder to Balance

July 10, 2014

A bill under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives could limit Wisconsin’s flexibility in applying sales tax and make it more difficult to invest in schools and communities, a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Read more