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.

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.

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.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rodger McDaniel, Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 1:59 pm

Rodger McDaniel — a lawyer who served 10 years in the Wyoming state legislature before entering seminary and becoming a Presbyterian pastor — says in the acknowledgements to Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt, “Honestly, I never so much wanted to write a book, as I wanted to tell this story.” And what a story it is.

Wisconsin Budget Compounds the Economic Challenges for Low-Wage Workers

By: Saturday August 31, 2013 12:30 pm

Workers in Wisconsin and across the U.S. must still cope with a relatively weak labor market.  That is especially challenging for low-wage workers who are struggling with the declining value of the minimum wage, reductions in employer benefits like health care, and growing inequality. Those challenges are exacerbated in Wisconsin by budget decisions made by state lawmakers.

Is School Voucher Expansion in Wisconsin a Good Value for the Money?

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 5:56 pm

Most children applying to the Wisconsin’s expanded school voucher program already attend private schools without the help of taxpayer dollars, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin is spending $10.5 million over the next two years to expand school vouchers statewide.

Silencing Debate on Women’s Lives: It’s Happening in Wisconsin, Too, and the Catholic Church Is an Accomplice

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 3:40 pm

Teaching children to understand and cope with bullies is essential, but bullying isn’t limited to elementary school. Bullying may not be physical or direct. It is persistent, intimidating, and it flourishes when victims and witnesses are afraid to speak up or speak out. It is time to identify reproductive coercion for what it is and call the bullies what they are.

Wisconsin’s Diversion of Funding for Low-Income Families Is Based on Faulty Assumptions

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 2:50 pm

When legislators take floor votes this week, they will decide whether and how much to cut spending for the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program, which aids unemployed low-income families, and whether they divert the savings to use for things like tax cuts for the wealthy. The arguments that state budget writers have used to support a W-2 cut are running up against some very inconvenient facts that contradict the Joint Finance Committee’s assumptions.

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