State Budget

Wisconsin’s Public Sector is Leanest in Two Decades

January 21, 2015

The number of government workers in Wisconsin compared to the state’s population has dropped to its lowest level in 20 years, new Census figures show.

Breaking with Tradition: How Wisconsin Lawmakers Have Shortchanged a Legacy of Investment in the State’s Future

August 6, 2014

Since 2011, a majority of state lawmakers have turned their backs on Wisconsin’s long and proud history of investment in education, health care and other assets that once ensured the state’s civic and economic progress.

Formula for Falling Behind: Lawmakers Should Fix Homestead Credit Formula

February 12, 2014

The erosion of the Homestead Credit is an example of how failing to account for even small increases in the cost of living can harm tax relief in a significant way.

Effects of the 2013-15 Wisconsin Budget for Low-wage Workers

August 29, 2013

Workers in Wisconsin and across the U.S. must still cope with a relatively weak labor market. That is especially challenging for low-wage workers who are struggling with the declining value of the minimum wage, reductions in employer benefits like health care, and growing inequality. Those challenges are exacerbated in Wisconsin by budget decisions made by state lawmakers.

7 Fiscal Sins: How the Budget Bill Puts Wisconsin on Less Secure Financial Footing

August 12, 2013

One of the very disappointing things about the biennial budget bill is that fiscal conservatives who espoused responsible budgeting two years ago seemed to forget many of those principles this year.

10 Reasons Why This is a “Robin Hood in Reverse” Budget

August 6, 2013

Wisconsin’s 2013-15 budget bill employs a “Robin Hood in reverse” strategy for allocating resources. This issue brief explains ten significant examples of how the new budget shifts funding from the poor to the wealthy.

Local Governments Continue to Lose Ground Under 2013-15 Budget

July 3, 2013

Local governments lose ground under the 2013-15 budget, with state aid for local governments frozen or nearly so over the next two years. This freeze comes after several years of steady decreases in state spending for local assistance.

An Overview of Taxes and Revenue in the 2013-15 Budget

July 3, 2013

The budget passed by the Legislature’s budget committee includes a significant income tax cut and new resources for tax enforcement.

An Overview of Early Care and Education Issues in the 2013-15 Budget

July 2, 2013

The budget cuts $17 million in the first year, and $14 million in the second year, compared to the 2012-13 base level for child care.

An Overview of Health Care Issues in the 2013-15 Budget

June 20, 2013

The budget partially closes the current gap in BadgerCare by extending eligibility to all adults below the poverty level who don’t have children, while cutting in half the current income eligibility ceiling for parents and caretakers.