Losing Out: How Wisconsin Surrendered $1.3 Billion in Federal Money

Tamarine Cornelius
December 12, 2011

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Wisconsin families will lose out on more than $1 billion in federal money for health care, job training, child support, education and transportation as a result of decisions at the state level. State budget cuts or incomplete funding of state programs meant Wisconsin did not capture an additional $506 million of federal funds that were available over the current biennium. In addition, Wisconsin turned down $803 million in two large federal grants, including a grant for high-speed rail.

These decisions were made despite a state economy struggling to find its footing and a budget deficit that required the state to make the best use of every available dollar. Additional federal money injected into the Wisconsin economy would help create jobs and cushion the effects of the recession. Read full publication.