Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

Wisconsin Residents Think Public Schools are Doing a Good Job and Want Lawmakers to Boost Funding

March 23, 2017

An overwhelming majority of Wisconsin residents think schools are doing a good job and favor increasing state support to K-12 schools in the next budget, a new poll by Marquette University shows.

Eighty percent of poll respondents said they want … Read more

In Wisconsin, Radical Proposal to Amend U.S. Constitution is Introduced

March 20, 2017
Up for grabs?

Up for grabs?

Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced a resolution calling for a Constitutional convention, a course of action that could ultimately jeopardize basic principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution if enough states pass similar resolutions.

The resolution (SJR 18,Read more

Wisconsin Governments Near Average in Revenue and Spending

March 13, 2017

Wisconsin is near average in many measures of government revenue and spending, according to figures for 2014 that were recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s nothing new, as Wisconsin has been near the middle of the pack for … Read more

Wisconsin Lawmakers Set to Consider Radical Proposal to Amend U.S. Constitution

March 8, 2017

State lawmakers in Wisconsin are seeking to pass a resolution that calls for a convention to make drastic changes to the U.S. Constitution. If enough states join this effort, delegates to such a convention could have wide-ranging authority to make … Read more

Missed Opportunity: Proposed Performance Measures for UW System Won’t do Much to Open Doors for Underserved Students

March 2, 2017

Governor Walker has proposed a modest increase in state support to the UW System in the 2017-19 budget period, with the additional resources to be distributed among campuses based on how well they score on a certain set of criteria. … Read more

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.