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.
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.
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 $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.
A summary version of an alternative budget plan for Wisconsin.
State legislators have an opportunity to protect Wisconsin’s assets by passing a budget that strengthens, rather than weakens, Wisconsin’s public schools, public university, and health care system.
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.
The Governor’s budget bill significantly increases state funding for Medicaid and BadgerCare in order to address cost increases, as well as proposing cuts to important health care services. Those cuts could be avoided if Wisconsin expanded BadgerCare.
The Governor’s budget proposes a modest increase in funding for the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program.