Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

Wisconsin Residents Favor Increasing Taxes on Wealthy, Poll Shows, But Lawmakers do the Opposite

April 27, 2016

Wisconsin residents strongly favor raising taxes on the wealthy and large corporations to reduce income inequality, a new poll shows. But instead of raising taxes on these groups, Wisconsin lawmakers have taken steps to give significant tax breaks to taxpayers … Read more

State Budget Cuts Could Lead to Longer Time to Graduation, Outdated Facilities for UW Students

April 20, 2016

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Wisconsin lawmakers cut state funding for the UW System by $125 million per year for the budget period that runs between July 2015 and June 2017, reducing Wisconsin’s investment in keeping higher education accessible and jeopardizing the economic … Read more

To Build a Strong Economy and Create Jobs, Invest in What Works

April 18, 2016

Today is April 18th, the deadline for most people to file their income tax forms without penalty. (April 15 was a holiday in Washington D.C. this year, pushing off the deadline for filing until today.) We hear a lot of … Read more

Wisconsin’s Tax System Exacerbates Growing Gap between Rich and Everyone Else

April 14, 2016

Wisconsin is a better place when we all do well. Unfortunately, while the wealthiest have seen their incomes skyrocket in recent decades, incomes have stagnated for the middle class and those who struggle hardest to make ends meet. It’s becoming … Read more

School Referendums on Spring Election Ballots at Historical High

April 1, 2016

On Tuesday, voters in dozens of school districts across the state will determine whether to provide additional resources to children in public schools.

School districts are asking voters to approve nearly $700 million in borrowing for new construction and building … Read more

Push to make College more Accessible Results in Very Modest Increases in Assistance for Students

March 30, 2016

Wisconsin lawmakers wrapped up their legislative session earlier this month after taking small steps to keep higher education affordable for students. But they did not tackle the larger issue of helping student loan borrowers who are struggling to repay loans … Read more

New Summary Describes How Decisions Made by Lawmakers Raise as Well as Lower Corrections Costs

March 24, 2016

During their recent session, Wisconsin lawmakers had a mixed record on holding down corrections costs, passing bills that will increase the number of people behind bars, as well as reducing obstacles that prevent people from fully contributing to their communities … Read more

New Summary Describes Recent Changes Lawmakers Have – and Haven’t – Made to Wisconsin’s School System

March 21, 2016

In the legislative session that began in January 2015 and ended last week, Wisconsin lawmakers made several changes that affect local school districts, including requiring many school districts with students in the voucher program to cut their budgets, and overhauling … Read more