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.
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.
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.
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 $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.
A summary version of an alternative budget plan for Wisconsin.
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.
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.