How Wisconsin Surrendered $1.3 Billion in Federal Funds

December 13, 2011

Decisions by lawmakers in Wisconsin have cost the state well over $1 billion in federal funds, according to a new issue brief by the Wisconsin Budget Project that examines figures from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB). According to an October LFB memo, state budget cuts or complete funding of state programs meant Wisconsin did not capture an additional $506 million of federal funds that were available over the current biennium. This is in addition to $803 million in two federal grants, including a grant for high-speed rail, that Wisconsin turned down. Read the full press release.