Blog Posts by Tamarine Cornelius

Governor is Focused on Property Tax Cuts, but Overlooks the Best Solution

January 22, 2015

Governor Walker has made it clear that he wants to continue to cut property taxes. The best way to do this would be to strengthen a state tax credit that helps keep property taxes affordable for people with low incomes. … Read more

How Low is too Low? Wisconsin’s Public Sector is the Leanest in Two Decades

January 21, 2015

The number of government workers in Wisconsin compared to the state’s population has dropped to its lowest level in at least 20 years, according to a new Wisconsin Budget Project analysis.

Public employees in Wisconsin fill many roles. They … Read more

Low-income Taxpayers in Wisconsin Pay Much Higher Rate than the Richest

January 14, 2015

Wisconsin’s state and local tax system is tilted in favor of those with the highest incomes, according to a new report released today. Wisconsin taxpayers with low and middle incomes typically pay much higher rates of state and local taxes … Read more

Minimum Wage Workers in Many Other States get a Raise, but not in Wisconsin

January 5, 2015

Low-wage workers in Ohio, Nebraska, and 18 other states got a raise at the beginning of the year when those states increased their minimum wages. Minimum-wage workers in Wisconsin got no such bump in their paychecks.

Most-Read Posts of 2014

December 30, 2014

What a year!

2014 was a roller coaster period for Wisconsin. The state started off the year with a budget surplus, passed more tax cuts, and will now have to figure out how to close the resulting budget shortfall. Republicans … Read more

Online Sales Grow, but Federal Action to Address Sales Tax Issue is Stalled

December 11, 2014

Holiday shoppers are increasingly turning to the internet to make their purchases, but Congress has yet to close a loophole that gives online only retailers an advantage over their bricks and mortar counterparts.

Currently, online retailers that do not have … Read more

More Tax Cuts for the Best-Off Won’t Help Wisconsin Economy

December 10, 2014

A prominent conservative advocacy group is asking Wisconsin legislators to pass additional tax cuts for the richest residents. New tax cuts for people with the highest incomes would do little to create jobs, and would undermine Wisconsin’s ability to … Read more

By Targeting Unions, Lawmakers Risk Lowering Wages for Workers

December 9, 2014

Weakening unions will be a top priority for state lawmakers when they next meet in January, according to new statements by legislative leaders. Unions help workers achieve higher wages, and limiting unions’ abilities to advocate for workers could make it … Read more

Transportation Budget Request Would Drain Resources from Schools and Communities

December 1, 2014

The head of Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation has proposed diverting resources usually used to build strong schools, communities, and health care systems, and use the money instead to construct and repair highways.