State Budget

Middle of the Pack: Wisconsin Government Revenue is Similar to that of Other States

October 17, 2017
Wisconsin is close to average in most measures of revenue and spending among the states, according to new figures from the Census Bureau.

A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for Health Care

September 27, 2017
The 2017-19 budget bill signed by the Governor contains a number of new requirements for participation in public assistance programs. However, relative to Governor Walker’s previous budgets, the health care portion of the latest budget bill makes relatively modest changes in health care funding and policy. Although the bill contains a few significant changes in BadgerCare and Medicaid policy, it is possible that much more substantial changes will be debated later this session if Congress approves proposals that could radically transform Medicaid.

A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for Early Care and Education

September 26, 2017
The final 2017-19 budget bill provides a significant increase in funding for the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program relative to the current spending level, especially in the second fiscal year of the 2017-19 two year budget. Nevertheless, the increased appropriations are 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. The budget also includes additional funding for home visiting.

A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for Taxes and Revenue

September 26, 2017
The 2017-19 state budget includes more than $400 million in tax cuts, as well as a smaller amount of tax and fee increases. Most of the tax cuts are aimed at reducing the amount of property taxes that individuals and businesses pay.

A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for K-12 Education

September 26, 2017
Wisconsin state lawmakers have approved an education budget that significantly increases resources for Wisconsin K-12 schools. Although this is the first major influx of new funding for K-12 schools in several years, most of the increase is delivered in a way that will move the state away from its commitment to providing more assistance to districts with less capacity to boost local property tax support for schools.

A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for Higher Education

September 25, 2017
Wisconsin state lawmakers have approved a higher education budget that continues a tuition freeze at the University of Wisconsin System. The budget includes a small increase in state support for the UW System, distributing the funding based on how individual campuses perform on a set of outcome measures. The budget does not roll back significant budget cuts that lawmakers have made in recent years to the UW System or the technical college system.

An Updated Summary of the Proposed Budget for K-12 Education

September 20, 2017
Wisconsin state lawmakers are in the process of passing an education budget that significantly increases resources for Wisconsin K-12 schools, with most of the increase delivered in a way that would move the state away from its commitment to providing more assistance to districts with less capacity to boost local property tax support for schools. The budget also increases the amount of public money going to private schools and cuts property taxes compared to what they would otherwise be.

An Updated Summary of the Proposed Budget for Taxes and Revenue

September 14, 2017
The state budget proposal approved by the legislature’s budget committee includes more than $400 million in tax cuts, as well as a smaller amount of tax and fee increases. Most of the tax cuts are aimed at reducing the amount of property taxes that individuals and businesses pay.

A Summary of the Finance Committee’s Proposed Budget for Early Care and Education

September 13, 2017
The 2017-19 budget bill approved by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) provides a significant increase in funding for the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program, adding additional funds to the Governor’s proposal, relative to current spending level, especially in the second fiscal year of the 2017-19 two year budget. Nevertheless, the increased 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. The JFC budget bill also includes additional funding for home visiting.

An Updated Summary of the Proposed Budget for Higher Education

September 12, 2017
Wisconsin state lawmakers have proposed a higher education budget that continues a tuition freeze at the University of Wisconsin System. The budget approved by the Joint Finance Committee includes a small increase in state support for the UW System, distributing the funding based on how individual campuses perform on a set of outcome measures. The budget does not roll back significant budget cuts to the UW System or the technical college system that lawmakers have made in recent years.