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.
Governor Walker has asked the Legislature to increase a property tax credit whose beneficiaries include profitable corporations, wealthy individuals, and Wisconsin property owners who live out of state.
Budget decisions made by lawmakers help determine whether children in Wisconsin attend high-quality public schools, have access to health care when they need it, and live in financially secure families.
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.