Publications

Missing Out: Recent Tax Cuts Deliver Little to People Who Earn the Least

June 3, 2014

Three major tax cut packages passed by the Wisconsin legislature in the last year have delivered relatively little benefit to the lowest earners, who are struggling to make ends meet. In dollar amounts, the largest tax cuts went to the Wisconsin taxpayers who earned the most.

Pulling Apart 2014: Focus on Wisconsin’s 1 Percent

February 28, 2014

Income inequality continues to grow in Wisconsin and the United States, producing an ever-widening chasm between the rich and the poor. Over the last 40 years, Wisconsin’s richest residents have experienced dramatic increases in income, while Wisconsinites not among the very highest earners saw their incomes stagnate or decline.

Supermajority Amendment Could Lead to Higher Borrowing Costs

February 20, 2014

A proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict state revenue could make it more expensive to maintain roads and bridges and finance other building projects by raising the state’s borrowing costs.

Formula for Falling Behind: Lawmakers Should Fix Homestead Credit Formula

February 12, 2014

Many low-income Wisconsinites will get relatively little benefit from the Governor’s proposal for using the state surplus, even though part of that surplus comes from reduced spending for the tax credits intended to help low-income families.

Top 10 Reasons to Increase Tax Credits for Low-income Households

February 6, 2014

Legislation to use the projected surplus should target some of the funding to improve the Homestead Credit and the state Earned Income Tax Credit, or at least undo the damage done to those credits in the 2011-13 budget.

2014 Federal Poverty Levels

February 5, 2014

Supermajority Amendment Puts Wisconsin’s Future at Risk

January 22, 2014

Wisconsin legislators have introduced an unnecessary constitutional amendment that would make tax reform more difficult, could deepen recessions, and potentially make it more expensive for the state to invest in roads, bridges, and building projects.

End of Federal Unemployment Benefits Would Harm Wisconsin Economy

December 18, 2013

Federal help for Americans unemployed for long stretches, which will expire at the end of December unless Congress acts, gives an important boost to local economies. Allowing it to end now would hurt Wisconsin businesses, as well as jobless workers and their families.