The Governor’s budget bill significantly increases state funding for Medicaid and BadgerCare in order to address cost increases, as well as proposing cuts to important health care services. Those cuts could be avoided if Wisconsin expanded BadgerCare.
The Governor’s budget proposes a modest increase in funding for the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program.
Governor Walker’s budget includes more than $300 million in new tax cuts. He proposes reducing the amount of support the state provides to critically important institutions to help pay for the new tax cuts and to close the deficit caused by last year’s tax cuts.
Governor Walker has proposed a budget that nearly freezes an important funding source for counties and municipalities, which would make it harder for local governments to provide the services that make Wisconsin communities attractive places to do business and raise families.
Governor Walker has proposed an education budget that cuts state support to public schools, freezes local support, devotes new resources to private schools, and cuts property taxes.
Wisconsin’s growth and prosperity are not being widely shared. Over the last 40 years, Wisconsin’s richest residents have experienced dramatic increases in income, while Wisconsinites not among the very highest earners saw little or no income growth.
The number of government workers in Wisconsin compared to the state’s population has dropped to its lowest level in 20 years, new Census figures show.
Despite claims that Wisconsin is a high-tax state, it is actually close to average in many measures of revenue and spending among the state.