Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

Wisconsin Residents Oppose Budget Cuts that Would Damage Wisconsin’s Schools and Universities

April 21, 2015

The damaging budget cuts proposed by Governor Walker have very little support among Wisconsin residents, a new poll from Marquette University shows.

People in Wisconsin are particularly opposed to cutting resources for students in public schools. According to the poll:… Read more

This Tax Day, Remember that Taxes Make Investments in a Strong Economy Possible

April 15, 2015

Today is April 15th, the deadline for most people to file their income tax forms without penalty. We hear a lot of negative messages about taxes on this day. But this Tax Day, let’s remember that creating jobs and building … Read more

Wisconsin’s Tax System Requires the Least from Those who Have the Most

April 13, 2015

To build a strong economy and broad-based prosperity in Wisconsin, we need to make sure everyone has the chance to thrive economically. But Wisconsin’s tax system is stacked against people with low and moderate incomes, making it harder for those … Read more

Voters in 43 Districts Raise Taxes on Themselves for Schools

April 9, 2015

Wisconsin voters approved ballot initiatives in 43 school districts on Tuesday, voluntarily raising property taxes in order to fund academics or improve infrastructure in their districts.

Measures approved by voters included:

  • Approving $41 million in borrowing that will allow the
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Lawmakers Push Back on Governor’s Plan for Financing Bucks Arena

April 8, 2015

Both Governor Walker and state lawmakers have indicated they want to use public money to help build a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, but they have different ideas on how to go about it. At this point, the plan … Read more

Policy Measures included in Budget Limit Public Involvement

April 7, 2015

The Governor’s proposed budget includes dozens of policy items that don’t directly affect the state’s finances, according to a new memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Including these items in the budget reduces opportunities for public input and … Read more

Proposal Would Shift Responsibility for Paying Property Taxes to Homeowners from Businesses

April 1, 2015

A proposed property tax cut for businesses would raise taxes for homeowners and other owners of residential property, who are already paying a much larger share of total property taxes than in past decades.

Lawmakers have proposed eliminating the business Read more

The Biggest Loser: Wisconsin’s Middle Class Shrinking Faster than in Any Other State

March 26, 2015

The middle class is being hard hit all over the country, and Wisconsin’s middle class is taking the hardest hit of all. Wisconsin’s middle class, once nearly the strongest in the country, has shrunk more than in any other state, … Read more

Runaway Tax Cut: Price Tag for Tax Credit far Higher than Expected

March 24, 2015

A tax cut that nearly wipes out income taxes for manufacturers is now expected to cost the state more than twice the original estimate, and has reduced resources for Wisconsin’s public schools and university system.

The Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Read more

Property Tax Cut Contributing to Deep Budget Cuts Benefits Second Home Owners and Profitable Corporations, Among Others

March 23, 2015

homestead-graphicThe budget proposed by Governor Walker includes significant new tax cuts, as well as deep cuts to the University System and public schools to pay for the proposed tax cuts and ones in the past. A new analysis by the Read more