2013-15 All Things Budget

Effects of the 2013-15 Wisconsin Budget for Low-wage Workers

August 29, 2013
Workers in Wisconsin and across the U.S. must still cope with a relatively weak labor market. That is especially challenging for low-wage workers who are struggling with the declining value of the minimum wage, reductions in employer benefits like health care, and growing inequality. Those challenges are exacerbated in Wisconsin by budget decisions made by state lawmakers.

7 Fiscal Sins: How the Budget Bill Puts Wisconsin on Less Secure Financial Footing

August 12, 2013
One of the very disappointing things about the biennial budget bill is that fiscal conservatives who espoused responsible budgeting two years ago seemed to forget many of those principles this year.

10 Reasons Why This is a “Robin Hood in Reverse” Budget

August 6, 2013
Wisconsin’s 2013-15 budget bill employs a “Robin Hood in reverse” strategy for allocating resources. This issue brief explains ten significant examples of how the new budget shifts funding from the poor to the wealthy.

How the Budget Affects Children and Families

July 15, 2013
Looking at the budget through the lens of how it affects children and families we see much more harm than good.

An Overview of Taxes and Revenue in the 2013-15 Budget

July 3, 2013
The budget passed by the Legislature’s budget committee includes a significant income tax cut and new resources for tax enforcement.

An Overview of Early Care and Education Issues in the 2013-15 Budget

July 2, 2013
The budget cuts $17 million in the first year, and $14 million in the second year, compared to the 2012-13 base level for child care.

An Overview of Education Issues in the 2013-15 Budget

July 2, 2013
The budget makes significant changes to public education in Wisconsin, particularly by expanding the voucher program statewide. The budget bill includes a small boost in spending for public schools, but the increase is small enough that schools will continue to lose ground to inflation.

An Overview of Health Care Issues in the 2013-15 Budget

June 20, 2013
The budget partially closes the current gap in BadgerCare by extending eligibility to all adults below the poverty level who don’t have children, while cutting in half the current income eligibility ceiling for parents and caretakers.

Budget Diverts Funding for Low-Income Families Based on Faulty Assumptions

June 17, 2013
The budget bill assumes that participation in W-2, the work program for unemployed low-income families, will decline by 1% every month. But new data for April and May show that W-2 participation did not decline by 2% during that period; it rose by 6.2%.