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.
March 1, 2017
Governor Walker’s 2017-19 budget bill proposes many new requirements for participation in public assistance programs. However, relative to his previous budgets, the health care portion of the latest budget bill proposes relatively modest changes in health care funding and policy. Although the bill contains a few significant changes in BadgerCare and Medicaid policy, it’s likely that much more substantial changes will be debated later this year, after Congress considers proposals that could radically transform Medicaid.
February 23, 2017
Governor Walker’s budget proposal continues his focus on cutting taxes. His proposal includes more than $500 million in income, property, and sales tax cuts over the two-year period that starts in July 2017. His budget also includes some tax increases: most notably, an increase in the amount of property taxes that some individuals with low incomes would pay.
February 21, 2017
The Governor’s budget proposes a significant increase in funding for the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program. Nevertheless, the proposed appropriations would be far below the amounts expended in past years, before the state made policy changes that have significantly reduced the reimbursement rates and the number of families and providers participating in the subsidy program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 1, 2016
Wisconsin ranks 39th in the number of government workers per population, meaning Wisconsin’s state and local governments are leaner than all but 11 other states.
November 19, 2015
By emphasizing high-cost incarceration that has produced questionable results over less expensive alternatives, lawmakers require taxpayers and communities to pick up the bill for the state’s short-sighted priorities.