Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

Wisconsin’s School Funding Cuts among the Nation’s Deepest

October 22, 2014

Wisconsin ranks 5th worst in the country in depth of cuts to school funding since the start of the recession. These cuts weaken our schools and could make it harder for the next generation of Wisconsin workers to compete … Read more

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Boost Incomes for Wisconsin Workers earning Poverty-Level Wages

October 20, 2014

Poverty-wage work is widespread in Wisconsin, with 1 in 4 workers earning poverty-level wages, according to a new report from the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. Raising the minimum wage would give these workers a raise, provide a shot in … Read more

When “Tax Reform” Means a Tax Cut for the Richest, and a Tax Increase for Others

October 15, 2014

When you hear a policymaker advocating for “tax reform,” it’s worth checking the fine print.

There’s nothing wrong with the goal of improving Wisconsin’s tax structure. But two recent “tax reform” proposals would shift the responsibility for paying taxes away … Read more

Proposed Changes to Electric Bills Would Raise Costs for Families with Low Incomes

October 7, 2014

Three Wisconsin electric utilities have proposed billing changes that would raise energy costs for people with low incomes.

We Energies, Madison Gas & Electric, and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPS) have asked the state’s Public Service Commission for permission to … Read more

Empty Pantry: Too Many Wisconsin Households Can’t Afford Food

October 2, 2014

One in nine households in Wisconsin has difficulty affording food, according to a new report from the U.S Department of Agriculture.

Nearly 12% of Wisconsin households did not have access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle over … Read more

Five Things to Know about Poverty in Wisconsin

October 1, 2014

Four years into the nation’s recovery from recession, too many Wisconsin families are worse off than they were before the economic collapse of 2008. New Census figures give us an updated picture of poverty in Wisconsin, and what we can do to address it.

Cutting Taxes on Rich, Raising Them for Others Won’t Boost Wisconsin Economy

September 30, 2014

The best way to create jobs and build a broad-based prosperity in Wisconsin is to invest in excellent schools, safe communities, and a solid transportation network.

But a new report released today takes a different approach, claiming that giving big … Read more

Low-Income Students are on the Wrong Side of a Wide Opportunity Gap in Wisconsin Schools

September 17, 2014

For Wisconsin to take full advantage of opportunities for economic growth, we need to make sure that all our students attend thriving schools, regardless of their economic status. Yet Wisconsin students who come from families with low incomes are far … Read more

Agency Requests Underscore Wisconsin’s Budget Challenges

September 16, 2014

Most state agencies have submitted their budget requests for Wisconsin’s upcoming 2015-17 budget. These requests are worth taking a look at because they can give some insight into Governor Walker’s priorities for the next budget. The requests can be found … Read more

Increasing Both the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Minimum Wage Would Strengthen Wisconsin’s Families

September 12, 2014

EITC min wageState lawmakers who want to help Wisconsin families recover from the recession should move to boost both the state’s earned income tax credit and its minimum wage. Each policy on its own helps make work pay for families struggling on … Read more