Wisconsin Budget Project Publishes Article on W-2 Caseload Levels

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 2:56 PM by

Given the current economic situation, you might think that the W-2 cash caseload level would be at historic highs. If so, you’d be wrong.

Yes, the short-term picture shows an increase in caseload levels in each of the last three years. Yet the longer-range view reveals that the current caseload is a fraction of the level two decades ago. As shown in the chart, the recent increase in caseload doesn’t begin to make up for the precipitous drops in caseload that occurred over the 1990s.

Some low-income families are relying on other benefit programs instead of W-2. A recent article by the Wisconsin Budget Project published in the WisKids Journal compares the W-2 caseload increase to that of other public benefit programs, and discusses the fiscal impact of the increase in W-2 caseload.

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