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.
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.
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.
February 1, 2017
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.
January 18, 2017
For too long, we’ve all been told that there’s not enough money in the budget to help our communities thrive. That is not true.
January 17, 2017
As Wisconsin prepares to begin deliberations on a new budget, this is an appropriate time to examine the state’s current fiscal situation and the challenges and opportunities that will face our state over the next couple of years.
January 12, 2017
Wisconsin students attend schools that invest significantly less resources per student than they did a decade ago. School spending in Wisconsin declined in recent years, in contrast to the national trend of increasing resources for schools. Most school spending consists of employee salaries and benefits, and Wisconsin school districts have reduced both.
June 29, 2016
New information sheds additional light on the size of the Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit for the very richest individuals.
June 28, 2016
A new tax break that allows some businesses to pay next to nothing in income taxes winds up mostly in the pockets of the extremely wealthy. A new 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 has done little to promote job creation. The Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit, which lawmakers passed in 2011, nearly wipes out income taxes for manufacturers and agricultural producers — at a very steep price.