New Spending Figures Show Difficulty of Making Deep Cuts

Tamarine Cornelius
October 6, 2010

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It’s never easy making deep budget cuts, but two characteristics of the Wisconsin state budget may make cutbacks particularly painful. First, the majority of state spending actually goes to support local services, rather than services provided at the state level. Cutting this spending could result in increased property taxes or fewer local services.

Second, the bulk of the state budget is devoted to just a few large — and popular — programs, many of which benefit hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites. The concentration of the state budget in a few areas means those programs will likely have to take the brunt of the cuts. Read full publication.