Tax Cut Passes Wisconsin Legislature, But Tax Increase Stays in Place

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 7:45 am

On the same day that the state Assembly passed a substantial property and income tax cut package, it declined to reverse a recent tax hike for parents who work at low-wage jobs.

 

Not a Dime For Wisconsin Rainy Day Fund Despite Nearly $1 Billion Surplus

By: Saturday March 1, 2014 4:00 pm

In their eagerness to provide tax cuts, Wisconsin lawmakers have pushed aside a law aimed at encouraging fiscal responsibility that requires half of state surplus revenue be set aside for a rainy day.

Are Tax Cuts the Way to Attract Startups to Wisconsin?

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 7:00 pm

In recent years, many policymakers have set their sights on trying to attract entrepreneurs and new start-ups to their communities and states. In some cases they have used that goal to justify tax cuts, which some lawmakers think will be an inducement for innovative entrepreneurs. Scott Walker is among the Governors who are seeking to promote development of new businesses and employing tax cuts as a tactic to pursue that goal.

Late Night: Louse Club House

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 8:00 pm

In about the least surprising development imaginable, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker turns out to to be not only surrounded by crooks and grifters, but dumb and bigoted ones at that. Well, duh. Just as every other Republican “star” has similarly flamed out in some tawdry variation of the same theme, from New Jersey to Florida and Virginia to North Carolina, Walker is simply performing to type: when one holds the very fact of government in contempt philosophically, choosing a career in it anyway is simply something only a second-rate grifter would ever do.

Records Tie Governor Scott Walker to Secret Email System

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 7:35 am

One of the great progressive reforms of the last century was the passage of open public records laws, both on the state level and the federal Freedom of Information Act. Unfortunately it seems that some state officials aren’t willing to follow the rules.

House of Kochs

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 1:30 am

Scott Walker, with the backing of the Koch Brothers, has hopes of making it two out the last three Presidents with the beady, close-set-eyes of a stereotypical simpleton. Finally he’s hit a long predicted snag.

Top 10 Reasons to Increase Tax Credits for Low-Income Wisconsin Households

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 6:10 pm

1. Increased income tax breaks would help low income families.

Late Night: Being a Teawad Show-Off Hurts People

By: Monday December 23, 2013 8:00 pm

Our political press likes to talk about maneuvering and posturing as if it’s just peacocks strutting around, as if the decisions politicians make are entirely about them and the show they’re giving and getting.

Forgotten in this type of coverage are the people affected by those decisions

Wisconsin Skimps on Investments in Child Care

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 6:18 pm

Wisconsin has been reducing investments that give families access to high-quality child care, a move that will hurt children’s school-readiness and success in later life.

The state legislature’s freeze on child care payments – payments that help make it possible for parents who work at low-wage jobs to work – has taken a negative toll on parents, children, and child care providers.

Corruption Probe Into Wisconsin Recall Elections Involves Aides of Scott Walker

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 2:59 pm

A secret investigation into corruption in Wisconsin has reportedly expanded into the 2011 and 2012 recall elections and involves aides to Governor Scott Walker. Former assistant US Attorney Francis Schmitz was recently appointed as special prosecutor. The investigation includes a focus on possible campaign finance violations for the Wisconsin recall effort.

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