Tax and Budget

The state budget and the taxes that help finance it have a huge impact on children and families. The budget provides most of the funding for vital government services, such as education, health care, transportation, child welfare and other safety net programs.

For more detailed analysis, visit the Wisconsin Budget Project website.

For a variety of materials related to the most recent state budget, visit our 2017-2019 State Budget page.

A Moral Imperative to Fix an Unfair Transportation Bill

Affordable, reliable bus service is critical for many Wisconsinites, particularly low income workers and people who are elderly or have disabilities. Unfortunately, bus systems and other public transportation services have long been underfunded in Wisconsin, and a transportation funding bill the legislature is considering will compound that problem. The bill in question (AB 210) would […]

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Good Budget News Relating to BadgerCare and Medicaid

There was some good news this week from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) relating to Medicaid and the potential expansion of BadgerCare. That news came on Tuesday when Senators John Erpenbach and Jennifer Shilling both released a Fiscal Bureau memo that re-estimates the potential savings from expanding BadgerCare eligibility. The new memo is very good […]

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Cost of Wisconsin’s Corrections Policies Extend far beyond Dollars Spent

Taxpayers, families, and communities are bearing the cost of Wisconsin’s outdated corrections policies, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Budget Project. Wisconsin residents pay a high price in dollars for Wisconsin’s over-reliance on incarceration. State and local governments in Wisconsin spend 12% more on corrections per state resident than the national average, according […]

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Wisconsin’s Medicaid Deficit Grows to $93 Million, as Cost of Rejecting Federal Funds Rises Sharply

Enrollment of childless adults in BadgerCare is far above the anticipated level, and that’s having a significant effect on the state budget.  The much higher than anticipated cost of covering that population means Wisconsin could save far more than previously estimated by taking the enhanced federal funding for Medicaid expansions. That option authorized by the Affordable […]

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Study Examines Workforce Challenges and Income Inequality among Milwaukee County Families

Economic Stress of Milwaukee’s Working Poor Exacerbated by EITC Cut A recently released report highlights severe income disparities among working families in Milwaukee County and growing challenges for many families, particularly single mothers raising children.  The report by researchers at the UW-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute (ETI) is based on a thorough analysis of the […]

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Assembly Votes Tuesday on Constitutional Convention for a Balanced Budget Amendment

There hasn’t been a national Constitutional Convention since 1787, and a number of conservative groups want to change that.  They are seeking to complete an effort that started several decades ago to convene a Constitutional Convention for purposes of developing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. In Wisconsin the […]

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