A Summary of Special Session Bills

February 13, 2018
Governor Scott Walker has called a special session to make sweeping changes to Wisconsin’s public assistance program. Most of the bills in the Governor’s special session will restrict eligibility for important safety net programs or create administrative barriers to participation in those programs.

2018 Federal Poverty Levels

February 13, 2018
Federal officials recently released the 2018 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, better known as the federal poverty levels (FPL). States and the federal government use the guidelines to determine eligibility for many public assistance programs, such as Medicaid, BadgerCare, and child care subsidies.

Wisconsin’s Public Sector is Smaller than Most States’

February 5, 2018
Wisconsin ranks 36th in the number of government workers per population, and the pay that public employees receive in Wisconsin is less than the national average, according to government figures published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Dream Act Would Boost Wisconsin Economy and Tax Revenues: Revoking DACA Hurts Both

December 20, 2017
Passing the Dream Act would allow young immigrants to contribute fully to Wisconsin’s economy and their local communities.

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

October 17, 2017
Wisconsin is close to average in most measures of revenue and spending among the states, according to new figures from the Census Bureau.

A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for Health Care

September 27, 2017
The 2017-19 budget bill signed by the Governor contains a number of new requirements for participation in public assistance programs. However, relative to Governor Walker’s previous budgets, the health care portion of the latest budget bill makes relatively modest changes in health care funding and policy. Although the bill contains a few significant changes in BadgerCare and Medicaid policy, it is possible that much more substantial changes will be debated later this session if Congress approves proposals that could radically transform Medicaid.

A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for Early Care and Education

September 26, 2017
The final 2017-19 budget bill provides a significant increase in funding for the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program relative to the current spending level, especially in the second fiscal year of the 2017-19 two year budget. Nevertheless, the increased appropriations are 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. The budget also includes additional funding for home visiting.

A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for Taxes and Revenue

September 26, 2017
The 2017-19 state budget includes more than $400 million in tax cuts, as well as a smaller amount of tax and fee increases. Most of the tax cuts are aimed at reducing the amount of property taxes that individuals and businesses pay.

A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for K-12 Education

September 26, 2017
Wisconsin state lawmakers have approved an education budget that significantly increases resources for Wisconsin K-12 schools. Although this is the first major influx of new funding for K-12 schools in several years, most of the increase is delivered in a way that will move the state away from its commitment to providing more assistance to districts with less capacity to boost local property tax support for schools.