Thousands of out-of-work Wisconsinites who have been searching for a job for a long time will lose their unemployment benefits at the end of the year, making it harder for them to put food on the table and make ends meet, unless Congress acts.
Nearly 900,000 people in Wisconsin will have a harder time putting food on the table starting in November, when a temporary boost to FoodShare, Wisconsin’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), ends.
Workers in Wisconsin and across the U.S. must still cope with a relatively weak labor market. That is especially challenging for low-wage workers who are struggling with the declining value of the minimum wage, reductions in employer benefits like health care, and growing inequality. Those challenges are exacerbated in Wisconsin by budget decisions made by state lawmakers.
As the new school year approaches, Wisconsin schools face significant challenges, including a reduction in state resources, fewer teachers in classrooms, and an increasing number of students living in poverty.
One of the very disappointing things about the biennial budget bill is that fiscal conservatives who espoused responsible budgeting two years ago seemed to forget many of those principles this year.
Wisconsin’s 2013-15 budget bill employs a “Robin Hood in reverse” strategy for allocating resources. This issue brief explains ten significant examples of how the new budget shifts funding from the poor to the wealthy.
Despite claims that Wisconsin is a high-tax state, it is actually about average in most measures of revenue and spending among the states, according to new figures from the Census Bureau.
Looking at the budget through the lens of how it affects children and families we see much more harm than good.
Local governments lose ground under the 2013-15 budget, with state aid for local governments frozen or nearly so over the next two years. This freeze comes after several years of steady decreases in state spending for local assistance.