Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

Increase in Spending on Corrections Comes with Enormous Opportunity Costs

November 13, 2014

Wisconsin Corrections SpendingSpending on corrections has increased dramatically in Wisconsin in recent decades, reducing the resources available for quality schools, safe communities, and health care.

Wisconsin state spending on corrections rose by 308% between 1986 and 2013, when dollar amounts are adjusted … Read more

SNAP Helps Children in Struggling Families Get Enough to Eat

November 12, 2014


SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, help put food on the table for nearly half a million Wisconsin children in families with low incomes. Efforts to restrict access to SNAP, such as the changes Governor Walker has proposed, could … Read more

Voters in 27 Districts Raise Taxes on Themselves for Schools

November 7, 2014

Wisconsin voters approved ballot initiatives in 27 school districts on Tuesday, voluntarily raising property taxes in order to fund services or improve infrastructure in their districts.

Measures approved by voters included:

Election Results Show Broad Support for increasing Minimum Wage, in Wisconsin and Elsewhere

November 6, 2014

Voters in Wisconsin and across the country showed extensive support on Tuesday for increasing the minimum wage, by approving ballot measures calling for raises for the lowest-paid workers.

Across Wisconsin, 67% of voters approved raising the minimum wage to $10.10 … Read more

Let’s Ensure Transportation Finance Can Be a Two-Way Street

October 29, 2014

An efficient transportation network can’t exist entirely of one-way streets. It needs to be adaptable, with multiple modes of transportation and some areas where traffic flows in different directions. Likewise, the financing for a good transportation network needs flexibility, and … Read more

Wisconsin’s School Funding Cuts among the Nation’s Deepest

October 22, 2014

Wisconsin ranks 5th worst in the country in depth of cuts to school funding since the start of the recession. These cuts weaken our schools and could make it harder for the next generation of Wisconsin workers to compete … Read more

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Boost Incomes for Wisconsin Workers earning Poverty-Level Wages

October 20, 2014

Poverty-wage work is widespread in Wisconsin, with 1 in 4 workers earning poverty-level wages, according to a new report from the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. Raising the minimum wage would give these workers a raise, provide a shot in … Read more

When “Tax Reform” Means a Tax Cut for the Richest, and a Tax Increase for Others

October 15, 2014

When you hear a policymaker advocating for “tax reform,” it’s worth checking the fine print.

There’s nothing wrong with the goal of improving Wisconsin’s tax structure. But two recent “tax reform” proposals would shift the responsibility for paying taxes away … Read more

Proposed Changes to Electric Bills Would Raise Costs for Families with Low Incomes

October 7, 2014

Three Wisconsin electric utilities have proposed billing changes that would raise energy costs for people with low incomes.

We Energies, Madison Gas & Electric, and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPS) have asked the state’s Public Service Commission for permission to … Read more

Empty Pantry: Too Many Wisconsin Households Can’t Afford Food

October 2, 2014

One in nine households in Wisconsin has difficulty affording food, according to a new report from the U.S Department of Agriculture.

Nearly 12% of Wisconsin households did not have access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle over … Read more