Publications

The Significant Risk of Not Breaking Even on Foxconn Subsidies

August 17, 2017
Foxconn has said that the new plant it wants to build in southeast Wisconsin could employ between 3,000 and 13,000 workers. Whether the number of employees is ultimately at the top of that range or far lower will dictate how much the proposed subsidies would cost Wisconsin taxpayers per job and how long it would take our state to break even on the new tax credits.

Pulling Apart 2017: Focus on Wisconsin’s 1%

August 8, 2017
As the economy grows, the gains are concentrated on the state’s richest residents. Inequality is on the rise, both nationally and in Wisconsin. Over the last 40 years, Wisconsin’s richest residents have experienced dramatic increases in income, yet the rest of the state’s residents have experienced little or no income growth.

Different Assumptions about Foxconn Job Creation Yield Much Higher Estimates of the Cost of Jobs

August 3, 2017
The cost of the proposed new tax credits for the tentative deal with Foxconn could be far larger per job created than some people have suggested. Those costs will vary greatly depending on the ratio of spending for payroll versus the capital expenditures. The more that Foxconn invests in its facilities and state-of-the-art automation, rather than employees, the more the proposed deal will cost state taxpayers per job created.

Competing Proposals for Wisconsin Schools: A Comparison of Three Different Education Budgets

July 24, 2017
Governor Walker, Wisconsin Assembly Republicans, and Senate Republicans have each released their own version of an education budget. This table highlights the major areas of difference in their budget proposals, as well as the general reaction of education advocates, a diverse group with varied positions.

Missing Out: Recent Tax Cuts Slanted in Favor of those with Highest Incomes

June 27, 2017
Since 2011, Wisconsin state lawmakers have made it a high priority to cut taxes, particularly personal income and property taxes. The tax cuts they have passed have disproportionately gone to Wisconsin residents with the highest incomes.

Competing Proposals for Wisconsin Schools: A Comparison of the Governor’s and the Assembly’s Education Budgets

June 22, 2017
In response to Governor Walker’s K-12 education budget proposal, Wisconsin Assembly Republicans have released their own version of an education budget. The Assembly version allocates about $90 million less in state funding to K-12 schools and would result in slightly higher taxes for property owners compared to the Governor’s budget.

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.