Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

Biggest Part of Proposed Boost for Schools Wouldn’t be Targeted to Districts that Need it the Most

February 8, 2017

Governor Walker has proposed significantly increasing state support for public schools, but the bulk of the increase would be distributed to school districts in a way that does not take into account the challenges faced by districts with high numbers … Read more

Big Tax Break for a Wealthy Few Continues to Snowball

February 2, 2017

A tax break that has cost far more than originally anticipated has resulted in enormous tax breaks for a wealthy few, according to a new analysis from the Wisconsin Budget Project.

The Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit nearly wipes out … Read more

Four Charts about Wisconsin’s Public Sector

January 23, 2017

1. Compared to other states, Wisconsin has a lean public sector
Wisconsin had 2.1% fewer state and local government employees than the national average in 2015 given our population size, according to a new analysis from the Wisconsin Budget ProjectRead more

Get the Credit You Deserve: Tax Credit Information in English, Spanish, and Hmong

January 20, 2017

Many Wisconsin low-income families miss out on their full tax refund because they do not claim tax credits for which they are eligible —particularly the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Homestead Tax Credit, and the federal child tax credit.  Please Read more

Blueprint Lays Framework to Help all Communities in Wisconsin Thrive

January 19, 2017
In order for Wisconsin remain an attractive place to live and work, the state needs to make investments in a skilled workforce, a strong public education system, and a healthy citizenry. A broad-based coalition has set out a plan for how we can invest to help Wisconsin communities thrive – and it starts by recouping millions of dollars lost to tax loopholes that benefit a small number of people.

Teacher Shortage in Wisconsin Most Pronounced in the North, and in STEM Fields

January 12, 2017
Many Wisconsin school districts are having a difficult time finding well-qualified teachers, with the scarcity particularly pronounced in northern Wisconsin.

Low-Paid Workers in Many Other States – but not Wisconsin – Got a Raise This Month

January 4, 2017

Low-paid workers across the country got a raise this month, as 19 states increased their minimum wages. A higher minimum wage means that workers will be better able to make ends meet and support their families, but the benefits don’t … Read more

Federal Cuts Could Harm Wide Array of Wisconsin’s Critical Public Services

January 3, 2017

When Wisconsin residents drive on the highway, send their child off to school, or go to the doctor, they are benefitting from federal money spent in Wisconsin that supports a broad range of services. Under a new Congress, Wisconsin may … Read more

Catch up with our Most-Read Posts from 2016

December 21, 2016
Happy holidays

Happy holidays from Tamarine and Jon at the Wisconsin Budget Project!

With all the changes that federal lawmakers and President-elect Trump have said they will make in the coming year, it’s no wonder everyone is talking about the budget decisions … Read more

Solution to Highway Funding Shortfall Shouldn’t Include Taking Money from Schools or Health Care

December 8, 2016

Wisconsin lawmakers are struggling with how to address a shortfall in the pot of money that the state uses to build and repair highways. There are several possible solutions, but one course of action should be off the table: siphoning … Read more