State Budget

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.

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 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.

Wisconsin’s Public Sector is Leaner than Most Other States’

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.

Prison Price Tag: The High Cost of Wisconsin’s Corrections Policies

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.

Children’s Issues in the 2015-17 Wisconsin Budget

July 14, 2015
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. By making investments in children today, lawmakers can ensure that Wisconsin will have a well-educated, healthy workforce in the future, laying the foundation for broad-based prosperity and economic growth down the road.

A Summary of Tax and Revenue Changes in the Wisconsin Budget

July 14, 2015
The 2015-17 Wisconsin budget that has been signed into law includes more than $300 million in new tax cuts over the next two years. To pay for these tax cuts and close the deficit caused by past tax cuts, lawmakers have proposed reducing or providing only a very small increase in the support the state provides to critically important institutions.

The Widespread Effects of Making Deep Cuts to the University of Wisconsin System

May 20, 2015
The $300 million, two-year cut to the UW System proposed by Governor Walker will have severe adverse consequences for the quality of higher education in Wisconsin.

Better Choices: A Summary of an Alternative Plan for the Wisconsin Budget

April 21, 2015
A summary version of an alternative budget plan for Wisconsin.