Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

Giving Resources to Schools with One Hand, and Taking Away with the Other

May 21, 2015

The budget package passed this week by the budget committee of the Wisconsin legislature includes new money for education in Wisconsin, but a closer look shows that most of that money will wind up in other places than public schools.… Read more

Lawmakers Don’t Need Additional Tax Revenue to Avoid Worst of Budget Cuts

May 6, 2015

Lawmakers hoping to avoid some of the damaging budget cuts proposed by Governor Walker had pinned their hopes on tax revenues coming in higher than originally anticipated, thereby boosting the resources available to invest in Wisconsin’s schools, communities and workforce.… Read more

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