Publications

Fewer Teachers, More Poverty Mean Challenges for Wisconsin Schools

August 27, 2014

As the new school year approaches, Wisconsin schools face significant challenges.

Breaking with Tradition: How Wisconsin Lawmakers Have Shortchanged a Legacy of Investment in the State’s Future

August 6, 2014

Since 2011, a majority of state lawmakers have turned their backs on Wisconsin’s long and proud history of investment in education, health care and other assets that once ensured the state’s civic and economic progress.

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

The erosion of the Homestead Credit is an example of how failing to account for even small increases in the cost of living can harm tax relief in a significant way.

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