Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

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

New Report: How Wisconsin Lawmakers Have Broken with Tradition and Undermined a Legacy of Investment

August 6, 2014

Four years ago Wisconsin was made a promise. The promise was that the best way to generate economic growth was through significant tax and spending cuts. The tax and spending cuts have occurred, but unfortunately for all of us, the … Read more

Governor’s Guidance Gives Hints of What’s to come in Next Budget

July 31, 2014

Governor Walker has given state agencies guidance on how to develop their proposals for Wisconsin’s next budget, giving some glimpses into what the state’s 2015-17 budget might bring. 

Wisconsin has a two-year budget. The budget process starts in the … Read more

Paul Ryan’s New Poverty Plan Focuses on Opportunity, but Comes up Short

July 29, 2014

Paul Ryan has a released a new poverty plan that advocates consolidating federal safety net programs and turning the money over to the states. It’s always worth taking a look at changes that could make anti-poverty program more effective, but … Read more