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Budget Issues Affecting Low-income Households in Wisconsin

July 1, 2015

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 More than any other legislation, the biennial budget bill is how state lawmakers make and implement policy decisions that affect low-income and disadvantaged Wisconsin residents. It’s in the budget bill that legislators typically make the choices that

A Summary of the Joint Finance Committee Proposal for Child Care Issues

June 3, 2015

The Joint Committee on Finance Committee agreed to a Wisconsin Shares direct child care subsidy budget that results in an overall cut of $6.6 million over the biennium, including a funding decrease of $12.6 million in the first year for child care subsidies, and an increase of $6.0 million in the second year.

An Updated Overview of Health Care Issues in the 2015-17 Budget

June 2, 2015

Although the budget bill significantly increases state funding for Medicaid and BadgerCare in order to address cost increases, it also contains a number of cuts to important health care services. Those cuts and much of the increased spending from state revenue could be avoided if Wisconsin expanded BadgerCare eligibility to more low-income adults.

An Updated Summary of the Proposed Wisconsin Budget for K-12 Education

June 2, 2015

Wisconsin state lawmakers have proposed an education budget that includes a small increase in funding for public schools, lowers property taxes compared to what they would otherwise be, devotes new resources to voucher schools, and eliminates many of the standards required to get a teaching license.

Giving Resources to Schools with One Hand, and Taking Away with the Other

May 21, 2015

6/2/15: This post has been revised. The original post stated that most of the new money set aside for public education would not go to public schools, and identified the dollar amounts of the new funding that would go towards Read more

The Widespread Effects of Making Deep Cuts to the University of Wisconsin System

May 20, 2015

The $300 million, two-year cut to the UW System proposed by Governor Walker will have severe adverse consequences for the quality of higher education in Wisconsin.

Better Choices: A Summary of an Alternative Plan for the Wisconsin Budget

April 21, 2015

A summary version of an alternative budget plan for Wisconsin.

Better Choices for the Wisconsin Budget: Legislators Can Avoid Deep Cuts without Raising Taxes

April 14, 2015

State legislators have an opportunity to protect Wisconsin’s assets by passing a budget that strengthens, rather than weakens, Wisconsin’s public schools, public university, and health care system.

Where is Your Income Tax Money Going?

April 14, 2015

In Wisconsin, revenue from the income tax supports safe communities, well-maintained bridges and roads, and public schools that act as a foundation for economic growth.