Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

When is Money for Schools not Money for Schools? When It’s for Tax Cuts Instead

February 26, 2015

Why haven’t the property tax cuts included in Governor Walker’s budget proposal gotten much attention from the media or community advocates? One reason might be because of the way he has structured the tax cuts, which are mingled with state … Read more

New Summary of Community Issues in Governor’s Budget

February 24, 2015

Governor Walker has proposed a budget that nearly freezes an important funding source for counties and municipalities, which would make it harder for local governments to provide the services that make Wisconsin communities attractive places to do business and raise … Read more

New Resource Shows What Cuts to Education Would Mean for Individual School Districts

February 20, 2015

A new website demonstrates the magnitude of proposed cuts to education for individual school districts, and can serve as a resource for parents and other advocates for public education who want to show how the cuts will affect schools in … Read more

Resources for Corrections Would Outstrip State Support for University System, under Governor’s Proposal

February 18, 2015

Wisconsin would spend significantly more on prisons and corrections than on helping students pursue their educations at the University of Wisconsin System, if Governor Walker’s budget is passed without changes.

Governor Walker has called on lawmakers to dramatically reduce the … Read more

New Summary of K-12 Education Issues in Governor’s Budget

February 13, 2015

Governor Walker has proposed an education budget that cuts resources for children attending public schools, devotes additional public money to private schools, and cuts property taxes. A new budget summary released today by the Wisconsin Budget Project describes these and … Read more

Keeping up with the Wisconsin Budget Process

January 28, 2015

Over the next few months, lawmakers will be making decisions about how to allocate Wisconsin’s public resources — decisions that have the potential to help or hurt school kids across Wisconsin, senior citizens, health care providers and patients, people with … Read more

Governor is Focused on Property Tax Cuts, but Overlooks the Best Solution

January 22, 2015

Governor Walker has made it clear that he wants to continue to cut property taxes. The best way to do this would be to strengthen a state tax credit that helps keep property taxes affordable for people with low incomes. … Read more

How Low is too Low? Wisconsin’s Public Sector is the Leanest in Two Decades

January 21, 2015

The number of government workers in Wisconsin compared to the state’s population has dropped to its lowest level in at least 20 years, according to a new Wisconsin Budget Project analysis.

Public employees in Wisconsin fill many roles. They … Read more

Low-income Taxpayers in Wisconsin Pay Much Higher Rate than the Richest

January 14, 2015

Wisconsin’s state and local tax system is tilted in favor of those with the highest incomes, according to a new report released today. Wisconsin taxpayers with low and middle incomes typically pay much higher rates of state and local taxes … Read more