Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

Taxes Make Investments in a Strong Economy Possible

April 14, 2014

firefighter2Tax Day is approaching, and with it comes many negative messages about taxes. But this Tax Day, let’s remember that to build a strong economy and create jobs, we need to invest in what works – and we can’t do … Read more

In Wisconsin’s Tax System, Best-Off Pay the Smallest Share of their Income in Taxes

April 10, 2014

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 low-income people.  It’s becoming harder to stay in the middle … Read more

Voters in 25 School Districts Raise Taxes on Themselves

April 2, 2014

Wisconsin voters approved ballot initiatives in 25 districts yesterday, voluntarily raising property taxes in order to fund services or improved infrastructure in their districts.

Referenda approved at the ballot box include:

  • The issuance of $20 million in debt by the
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An Evening with Dean Baker: April 4

April 1, 2014

One of American’s most important and insightful economists will be coming to Madison on Friday, April 4th. Don’t miss this chance to hear Dean Baker share his vision of what’s happening in today’s economy.

Don’t Be Kansas: Impact of Massive Tax Cuts on Kansas Offers a Warning to Wisconsin

March 27, 2014

Wisconsin lawmakers advocating for more tax cuts should consider the example of Kansas, a state that has pushed through enormous tax cuts and that has been held up by tax-cut proponents as a model worth replicating.

Milwaukee among Metro Areas with Highest Levels of Segregated Poverty

March 25, 2014

Poor residents of the Milwaukee area are more economically segregated than poor residents in any other large metropolitan area in the country, according to a new report from Atlantic Cities. The Milwaukee metropolitan area includes West Allis and Waukesha.… Read more

New Numbers, Familiar Pattern: Wisconsin Job Growth Continues to Lag National Average

March 20, 2014

New employment figures show a familiar pattern: Wisconsin is adding private-sector jobs  at a rate considerably below the national average.

In light of that persistent pattern, it comes as no surprise that the latest economic outlook report released today by … Read more

New Report Shows Major Corporations Based in Wisconsin Pay Little in State Income Tax

March 20, 2014

A number of large, profitable corporations in Wisconsin pay little or nothing in state corporate income tax, according to a new report. Loopholes, tax credits, and creating accounting keep the amount these corporations pay in income tax to a minimum.

Tax Cut Passes the Assembly, but Tax Increase Stays in Place

March 19, 2014

On the same day that the state Assembly passed a substantial property and income tax cut package, it declined to reverse a recent tax hike for parents who work at low-wage jobs.

The $537 million tax cut package, which diverts … Read more

Wisconsin’s Public Sector Leaner than in Most Other States

March 12, 2014

Wisconsin has fewer public employees for our population than most other states have, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Wisconsin’s lean public sector is not a recent development; public employment in Wisconsin has been at lower … Read more