Publications

Middle of the Pack: Wisconsin Government Revenue is Similar to that of Other States

March 13, 2017
Despite claims that Wisconsin is a high-spending state, it is actually close to average in many measures of revenue and spending among the states, according to figures from the Census Bureau.

A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for Higher Education

March 2, 2017
Governor Walker’s budget proposes freezing tuition at the state’s technical college system and cutting tuition for the University of Wisconsin System. He recommends slightly increasing state support to partly pay for the tuition freeze and cut. He also proposes a modest increase in state support for the UW System, distributing the funding based on how individual campuses perform on a specified set of outcome measures.

A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for Health Care

March 1, 2017
Governor Walker’s 2017-19 budget bill proposes many new requirements for participation in public assistance programs. However, relative to his previous budgets, the health care portion of the latest budget bill proposes relatively modest changes in health care funding and policy. Although the bill contains a few significant changes in BadgerCare and Medicaid policy, it’s likely that much more substantial changes will be debated later this year, after Congress considers proposals that could radically transform Medicaid.

A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for Taxes and Revenue

February 23, 2017
Governor Walker’s budget proposal continues his focus on cutting taxes. His proposal includes more than $500 million in income, property, and sales tax cuts over the two-year period that starts in July 2017. His budget also includes some tax increases: most notably, an increase in the amount of property taxes that some individuals with low incomes would pay.

A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for Early Care and Education

February 21, 2017
The Governor’s budget proposes a significant increase in funding for the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program. Nevertheless, the proposed appropriations would be far below the amounts expended in past years, before the state made policy changes that have significantly reduced the reimbursement rates and the number of families and providers participating in the subsidy program.

A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for K-12 Education

February 14, 2017
Governor Walker has proposed an education budget that significantly increases resources for Wisconsin K-12 schools, with most of the increase delivered in a way that would move the state away from its commitment to providing more assistance to districts with less capacity to boost local property tax support for schools.

The Big Giveaway is Getting Bigger: Updated Figures Show Growing Tax Credit is Inefficient, Costly

February 2, 2017
A tax credit that allows manufacturers and some other businesses to pay next to nothing in income taxes has ballooned far beyond original cost estimates and is slanted to favor a small group of wealthy claimants, according to newly‑released figures.

2017 Federal Poverty Levels

February 1, 2017

Wisconsin’s Public Sector is Leaner than Most Other States’

January 23, 2017
Wisconsin ranks 35th in the number of government workers per population, meaning Wisconsin’s state and local governments are leaner than all but 15 other states. The number of public employees in Wisconsin has fallen over time, and current levels of public employment are significantly lower than they were around the turn of the century.