Jobs and the Economy

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.

Pulling Apart 2016: Focus on Wisconsin’s 1%

June 20, 2016
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.

Pulling Apart 2015: Focus on Wisconsin’s 1%

January 27, 2015
Wisconsin’s growth and prosperity are not being widely shared. Over the last 40 years, Wisconsin’s richest residents have experienced dramatic increases in income, while Wisconsinites not among the very highest earners saw little or no income growth.

Pulling Apart 2014: Focus on Wisconsin’s 1 Percent

February 28, 2014
Income inequality continues to grow in Wisconsin and the United States, producing an ever-widening chasm between the rich and the poor. Over the last 40 years, Wisconsin's richest residents have experienced dramatic increases in income, while Wisconsinites not among the very highest earners saw their incomes stagnate or decline.

End of Federal Unemployment Benefits Would Harm Wisconsin Economy

December 18, 2013
Federal help for Americans unemployed for long stretches, which will expire at the end of December unless Congress acts, gives an important boost to local economies. Allowing it to end now would hurt Wisconsin businesses, as well as jobless workers and their families.

Pulling Apart 2012: Wisconsin’s Growing Income Inequality

November 20, 2012
Income inequality continues to grow in Wisconsin and the United States, producing an ever-widening chasm between the rich and poor. Since the mid-1990s, Wisconsin’s richest residents experienced dramatic increases in inflation-adjusted income, while middle- and lower-income Wisconsinites saw their incomes stagnate or decrease.

Stuck in Neutral: Even Using New Yardstick, Wisconsin Is Far Off Pace to Create 250,000 New Jobs

May 23, 2012
An abrupt change in how the state measures job growth can’t obscure the fact that Wisconsin is lagging behind other states in employment. By some measures, job creation in Wisconsin has been among the slowest in the country.