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: WI Budget Project Friday May 17, 2013 6:40 pm|
|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: 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: cocktailhag Thursday April 4, 2013 8:00 pm|
It turns out that it really is possible to strike black gold in your own backyard, but instead of getting rich from the experience, now the oil belongs to someone else and you end up in an ExxonMobil-controlled no-fly zone where the foul black goop that swept away your petunias is now on its way to your drinking water supply. The comedic possibilities of such a turn of events seem limited, especially when Keystone XL is barreling ahead unimpeded.
|By: WI Budget Project Monday March 11, 2013 5:40 am|
Small Disagreement Suggests Deep Dispute over Role of Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council
The Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill Wednesday to approve a bipartisan idea, but in the process rekindled debate about respect for collective bargaining. What made the debate interesting and significant is that it could have been avoided by simply passing the version of the bill approved by the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Advisory Council, with the full support of the labor and business groups on that advisory body.
|By: WI Budget Project Thursday February 14, 2013 6:54 am|
States that follow the economic policy agenda promoted by ALEC risk weakening state economies and harming middle class families. That’s the message of a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which outlines American Legislative Exchange Council’s policy recommendations and their negative effects.
|By: WI Budget Project Sunday January 20, 2013 8:15 am|
In his State of the State message this evening, Governor Walker reiterated his intent to cut the state income tax for “middle class” Wisconsinites. We won’t learn any details until the Governor’s 2013-15 budget is introduced next month, so it’s hard to critique the plan now. However, it’s not too soon to raise the sorts of questions and concerns that state policymakers should be considering in the months ahead, as they debate the budget bill.
Can the state afford a significant cut in the income tax?
|By: Steve Horn Wednesday November 21, 2012 3:25 pm|
|By: Attaturk Tuesday November 20, 2012 1:30 am|
I’m just an old guy, but I remember when high voter turnout was something that a state was proud of.
|By: Kit OConnell Tuesday November 13, 2012 7:18 pm|