State Budget

Competing Proposals for Wisconsin Schools: A Comparison of the Governor’s and the Assembly’s Education Budgets

June 22, 2017
In response to Governor Walker’s K-12 education budget proposal, Wisconsin Assembly Republicans have released their own version of an education budget. The Assembly version allocates about $90 million less in state funding to K-12 schools and would result in slightly higher taxes for property owners compared to the Governor’s budget.

A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for Higher Education

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.

A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for Health Care

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.

A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for Taxes and Revenue

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.

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

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.

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.