Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

Wisconsin Has Far Fewer State Employees than Most States

October 6, 2015

Governor Walker’s proposal to overhaul the state’s civil service system for state employees has been in the news recently, but missing from the conversation is the fact that Wisconsin has significantly fewer state employees and smaller payrolls than most states. … Read more

Congress Should Make Improvements to Working Families’ Tax Credits Permanent

September 28, 2015

Congress has a chance this fall to save key provisions of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), two proven pro-work strategies that help working families make ends meet and provide the basics for … Read more

Raising the Overtime Threshold Would Benefit Nearly 1 in 4 Salaried Workers in Wisconsin

September 2, 2015

Overtime provisions protect some workers who put in long hours, making sure that employees earn extra pay when they work overtime. But many low-paid salaried workers are not eligible to earn overtime pay, making it harder for those workers to … Read more

Continued Focus on Tax Cuts Does Little to Improve Job Growth

August 18, 2015

Wisconsin lawmakers have passed tax cuts totaling $4.8 billion over six years, according to a new legislative memo released this week. These tax cuts have done little to boost job growth and have forced damaging cuts to Wisconsin’s public schools, … Read more

Some Wisconsin Districts Struggle to Hire Teachers before School Starts

August 10, 2015

As the new school year approaches, some Wisconsin school districts are finding it difficult to attract candidates to fill vacant teaching jobs.

According to recent news reports:

Extremely Narrow Budget Margin Underscores Need to Increase Budget Cushion

July 27, 2015

Wisconsin had a razor-thin budget balance at the close of the fiscal year that ended in June, barely meeting the constitutional requirement for a balanced budget. Even this very narrow margin was possible only because Wisconsin had already taken several … Read more

What’s in the Budget? Updated Resources Explain

July 21, 2015

This is the third biennial budget that Governor Walker has signed, and like the other two, this budget will have significant effects on the way people in Wisconsin live, work, and do business.

Cost Adds Up for Tax Cuts Included in the Budget

July 16, 2015

Lawmakers included four major tax cuts in the 2015-17 budget, at the same time as they were limiting resources for critically important institutions like the University of Wisconsin system and public schools. When fully implemented, the tax cuts will reduce tax revenue by more than $250 million a year.

Lawmakers Tap General Fund – Again – to Pay for Roads

July 15, 2015

A sizable portion of new transportation borrowing approved by lawmakers will be repaid from the state’s General Fund, rather than from the Transportation Fund. The General Fund is the state’s main account for spending on education, health care, and communities. … Read more

[Video] Three Ways the Wisconsin Budget Harms Children and Families

July 13, 2015

How will the Wisconsin budget harm children and families? Watch these kids explain.

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