How Does Wisconsin Compare in State and Local Spending and Expenditure Growth?

Tamarine Cornelius
April 13, 2010

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A diverse coalition of groups known as the Wisconsin Way has been working together to look for more cost effective ways to deliver government services and more sustainable methods to finance those services, including new revenue options. The coalition recently unveiled a number of proposals focused on economic development, tax reform and modernization, and government spending and management reform. Some responding to the report suggested that the focus should be solely on spending, suggesting that growing state and local expenditures are the primary source of Wisconsin’s fiscal challenges.

In an attempt to help shed light on whether Wisconsin’s budget difficulties stem from unrestrained spending, this budget brief compares total state and local spending in Wisconsin with other states and examines how spending in Wisconsin has changed. Read full publication.