Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

In 2016, Wisconsin Voters Approved Record Levels of New Resources for Schools

November 10, 2016

This year, voters in Wisconsin voluntarily raised property taxes on themselves by a record amount to pay for additional investments in local schools. The increase could signal a growing frustration with the strict limits on school district budgets that have … Read more

School Referendums on Ballot are far Larger than in Past Presidential Election Years

November 2, 2016

On Tuesday, voters in dozens of school districts across the state will determine whether to provide additional resources to children in public schools. The dollar amount school districts are asking voters to approve is far larger than the amounts that … Read more

Where are the Kids? Northern Wisconsin Experiences a Significant Decline in the Number of Children

October 20, 2016

Most counties in Wisconsin have fewer children than they did five years ago, with some of the biggest declines occurring in counties in northern Wisconsin, according to new population figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The … Read more

SNAP Works for Wisconsin’s Children

October 13, 2016

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as FoodShare in Wisconsin, helps Wisconsin families put food on the table. But we know now that it accomplishes much more than that.

Research increasingly shows that SNAP, formerly known as Food … Read more

Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan and House Republicans Lay out a Plan for Cutting Taxes for Millionaires

October 5, 2016

Republicans who control the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed a budget framework that would raise the incomes of millionaires while cutting services for families and individuals with low and moderate incomes. The leader of the House of Representatives, Paul … Read more

With State Prisons Overcrowded, Officials Propose Paying More to Counties to House State Prisoners

September 29, 2016

Wisconsin prisons are over capacity and cannot house the additional inmates that incarcerated under a new law toughening penalties for repeat drunk driving, according to state officials. To address the lack of space, the Department of Corrections recently proposed spending … Read more

Can You Hear Me Now? How about Now? Wisconsin Residents Again Voice Support for Raising Minimum Wage

September 22, 2016

Half of Wisconsin residents support a very large increase in Wisconsin’s minimum wage that would more than double what the lowest-paid workers earn, according to a new Marquette University poll. Yet Wisconsin lawmakers have yet  to show any inclination … Read more

In Some Rural Wisconsin Counties, Residents are as Likely to be Locked up as in Urban Counties

September 19, 2016

Counties in rural northeast Wisconsin send as many people to prison for their size as the urban counties in southeast Wisconsin, according to newly-released figures on prison admissions. High prison admission rates from some rural Wisconsin counties are part of … Read more

Decline in Unions Hurts Non-Unionized Workers Too

September 12, 2016

The decline in unions has reduced pay for non-unionized workers as well as unionized ones, costing some workers thousands of dollars a year in lost wages, and is a major contributor to growing levels of income inequality, according to a … Read more

Tax Gimmick Would Have Little Benefit, Come at a Cost

September 7, 2016

Governor Walker has said he will include a back-to-school sales tax holiday in his proposed budget, a gimmick that would reduce the resources available to support Wisconsin’s schools, university system, and communities, without providing any real economic benefit.

The sales … Read more