Publications

A Wisconsin Budget for All: How We Can Invest to Help Wisconsin Communities Thrive

January 18, 2017
For too long, we’ve all been told that there’s not enough money in the budget to help our communities thrive. That is not true.

The State of the State Budget: Budget and Economic Trends Point to Continuing Challenges

January 17, 2017
As Wisconsin prepares to begin deliberations on a new budget, this is an appropriate time to examine the state’s current fiscal situation and the challenges and opportunities that will face our state over the next couple of years.

Budget Cuts and Teacher Shortages: With Fewer Resources, Schools Struggle to Find Teachers

January 12, 2017
Wisconsin students attend schools that invest significantly less resources per student than they did a decade ago. School spending in Wisconsin declined in recent years, in contrast to the national trend of increasing resources for schools. Most school spending consists of employee salaries and benefits, and Wisconsin school districts have reduced both.

The Big Giveaway: Updated Figures

June 29, 2016
New information sheds additional light on the size of the Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit for the very richest individuals.

The Big Giveaway: Costly Tax Credit has Done Little to Boost Employment

June 28, 2016
A new tax break that allows some businesses to pay next to nothing in income taxes winds up mostly in the pockets of the extremely wealthy. A new tax credit that allows manufacturers and some other businesses to pay next to nothing in income taxes has ballooned far beyond original cost estimates and has done little to promote job creation. The Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit, which lawmakers passed in 2011, nearly wipes out income taxes for manufacturers and agricultural producers — at a very steep price.

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.

A Summary of Recent Legislative Action on Taxes and the Budget Process

March 31, 2016
Lawmakers introduced scores of bills to create or expand tax breaks, and also a number of bills relating to the budget process.

A Summary of Recent Legislative Action on Higher Education

March 30, 2016
Lawmakers passed several minor bills to expand opportunity for college students, but did not address the issue of helping students who graduate with a large amount of student loan debt.

Wisconsin’s Electorate and Economy: What the National Media Should Know about Wisconsin

March 29, 2016
A variety of facts about Wisconsin and how it compares to other states, for reporters and others looking for context for Wisconsin's presidential primary.

A Summary of Recent Legislative Action on Criminal Justice

March 24, 2016
Legislators passed several bills that affect public safety and the state’s corrections system. They also missed several opportunities to make major improvements to the corrections system.