Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

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

Reports of Budget Hole May Understate Size of Problem

September 5, 2014

Budget Repair Bill May be Needed to Bring Budget Back into Balance

It’s been widely reported that state tax revenues fell well short of projections for the budget year that ended in June. But the nature of Wisconsin’s two-year budget … Read more

Budget Shortfall Shows Downside of Risky Approach to Tax Cuts

September 3, 2014

Last week we learned that state tax revenues fell far short of projections for the budget year that just ended. The shortfall means that next year the state is likely to face another round of budget cuts — cuts that … Read more

The 58,000 Job Question

September 1, 2014

 New Report Takes Comprehensive Look at Weaknesses, Strengths of Wisconsin’s Labor Market

Wisconsin’s economy is adding jobs at a slow pace, wage growth has stalled, and many workers don’t have the security and opportunity they need to get ahead, according … Read more

This Fall, Wisconsin Students Are Heading Back to Crowded Classrooms

August 28, 2014

Classroom sizes in Wisconsin have increased substantially in recent years, according to a new analysis from the Wisconsin Budget Project.   

Wisconsin still has fewer students per teacher than the national average, but our rank has been dropping. In 2004-05, … Read more

Wisconsin Women Twice as Likely as Men to Hold a Low-Wage Job

August 20, 2014

Women are vastly-overrepresented in jobs that pay low wages, in Wisconsin and across the country, according to a new report from the National Women’s Law Center.

Women’s educational attainment and work experience have increased dramatically in recent decades, but … Read more

To Reduce Income Inequality and Boost Economic Growth, Make sure every Student has an Opportunity to Attend College

August 13, 2014

Rising levels of income inequality are acting as a drag on the U.S. economy, but we can counter the economic harm by expanding opportunities to attend college, according to a new report from Standard & Poor’s, a financial services … Read more