Conservative members of Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) who support the Governor’s BadgerCare changes are in a tough spot. On the one hand, they don’t want to add funding to the budget, and would like to free up as much funding as possible for income tax cuts. On the other hand, they don’t want to take the enhanced Medicaid financing from the Affordable Care Act
|By: WI Budget Project Friday May 31, 2013 3:20 pm|
|By: Dean Baker Sunday May 26, 2013 1:00 pm|
Okay boys and girls, is California’s projected budget surplus of $4.4 billion bigger or smaller than Connecticut’s projected surplus of $150 million or Wisconsin’s projected surplus of $2.1 billion? I don’t mean in absolute size, I mean in importance for the states. Offhand, I couldn’t tell you, since I don’t know the size of their economies that precisely and I also don’t know whether these are figures for 1-year or 2-year budgets. (Many states have 2-year budgets.)
So why the hell does the NYT report on budget numbers this way? What information do they think they are giving readers?
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday May 25, 2013 8:30 am|
A time-honored tactic of conservative lawmakers is to “starve the beast”by defunding government programs. In the case of food stamps—the quintessential whipping boy for budget hawks—they’re going a step further by trying to starve actual people.
|By: WI Budget Project Friday May 17, 2013 6:40 pm|
In his proposed budget, Governor Walker recommends setting aside a portion of education funding to distribute to schools based on their performance. While this proposal might sound attractive on the surface, it will result in significant funding increases for schools with few low-income students, disabled students, or English language learners. Schools with larger percentages of those students would be allocated a much smaller share of funding.
|By: Peterr Saturday May 11, 2013 9:05 am|
Paul Ryan is the commencement speaker today at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Given Ryan’s approach to budgeting, it’s hard to come up with a more un-Benedictine choice for speaker.
Maybe the college president is trying to show how radical the Benedictine approach to hospitality is.
|By: WI Budget Project Monday May 6, 2013 2:20 pm|
Budget reserves have been in the news recently, with the legislature sharply rebuking the University of Wisconsin System for maintaining a sizable reserve. The irony is that the state itself has a fiscal cushion that is far too small, according to a new analysis from the Wisconsin Budget Project.
|By: Attaturk Thursday May 2, 2013 1:30 am|
Shocking, I know, that Billy Long doesn’t talk to many poor people.
|By: WI Budget Project Wednesday May 1, 2013 10:20 am|
Several important aspects of the budget bill’s funding for public assistance programs have received little or no attention.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday April 20, 2013 5:20 pm|
If you feel like that recovery we keep hearing about hasn’t quite trickled down to your block, there’s a good reason. A huge swath of the country’s workers are out of sync with the economic cycle, continually falling further behind the rich. And, now Obama’s proposed budget may hinder them even more.
According to a new multi-year study by Pew’s Economic Mobility Project, many families are priced out of “recovery” for reasons that long predated the recession and will persist indefinitely even as the economy “bounces back.”
|By: DSWright Friday April 12, 2013 6:01 am|
Does President Obama have some unresolved animosity towards FDR? Obama’s budget not only cuts Social Security but is seeking to privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority.