Ten Most Popular Posts of 2011
2011 was a budget year like no other in Wisconsin’s history. We take a look back at the year with a Top Ten list of the Wisconsin Budget Project’s most popular blog posts.
#10 Questions to Ask Before Privatizing Government (June 3, 2011)
Ten basic questions to help policymakers, the public, and the media debate privatization proposals.
#9 Grim Days for Schools, with Grimmer Days Ahead (November 16, 2011)
Severe budget cuts to public education in Wisconsin have resulted in thousands of job losses, larger class sizes, and fewer academic opportunities for students.
#8 Public Employees Receive First Diminished Paycheck (August 25, 2011)
Public employees with relatively low salaries or hourly wages stand to lose thousands of dollars a year, the equivalent of as much as six months of grocery costs.
#7 Value of Governor’s “Tools” in Dispute (April 13, 2011)
Many local governments will not be able to take full advantage of the “tools” proposed by the Governor and will be negatively impacted due to circumstances beyond their control.
#6 Icing on the Cake for Corporations, Crumbs for Working Families (June 10, 2011)
Wisconsin can’t afford a significant new tax break for corporations, especially one that doesn’t require businesses to create a single new job. Meanwhile, working families are required to shoulder higher taxes.
#5 DOA Document Puts 2011-13 Deficit at $3.6 Billion (February 8, 2011)
An explanation of how the Department of Administration calculated the size of the budget deficit.
#4 Non-Fiscal Proposals Are at the Heart of the Current Budget Stalemate (February 23, 2011)
Solving the 2011 budget shortfall wouldn’t appear to be very difficult, but numerous non-fiscal policy measures proposed by the Governor in the budget repair bill led to a political stalemate.
#3 Five Things You Might Not Know About Public Employees in Wisconsin (November 1, 2011)
Did you know that Wisconsin has a leaner public sector than all but 11 other states? And that relative to our population, the number of public employees in Wisconsin has declined over the last decade?
#2 Ten-Year Tax Cut Tally Tops Two Billion (June 11, 2011)
Many of the tax cuts put into place in 2011 are delayed or phased in, meaning that their annual price tag will grow steadily over the next several years. The ten-year cost of the tax cuts: $2.3 billion.
…and the Wisconsin Budget Project’s most popular blog post of 2011:
#1 Budget Includes Tax Increase for the Working Poor and Tax Cut for Wealthiest (March 14, 2011)
By increasing the taxes paid by the working poor and decreasing taxes paid by the wealthiest state residents, the Legislature has made its priorities clear.