18 pages have the tag State Budget

  • /news/columns/2015/people-speak-out-about-consequences-of-budget-decisions/
    Summary “This is not my cup of tea,” the farmer said quietly as he moved up to the microphone at the Eau Claire budget hearing.
    Body People Speak Out About Consequences of Budget Decisions “This is not my cup of tea,” the farmer said quietly as he moved up to the microphone at the Eau Claire budget hearing. “I’m a UW grad. I’m a farmer. I’m a tech college grad. My kids went to...
  • /news/columns/2017/problems-left-for-the-next-budget-writers/
    Summary “Policy is who pays, who doesn’t pay and where the money gets spent,” said the President of the NAACP in a recent speech.
    Body   Problems Left for the Next Budget Writers “Policy is who pays, who doesn’t pay and where the money gets spent,” said the President of the NAACP in a recent speech. Policy making was center stage at the State Capitol when the long delayed $76 bil...
  • /news/columns/2017/two-worlds-apart-the-capitol-and-the-great-river-road/
    Summary “Oh, my gosh,” I said to the Senate page. “I need that book.” The ‘book’ was a 744-page binder written by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) detailing, in plain language, the decisions in the massive state budget.
    Body Two Worlds Apart: The Capitol and the Great River Road “Oh, my gosh,” I said to the Senate page. “I need that book.” The ‘book’ was a 744-page binder written by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) detailing, in plain language, the decisi...
  • /news/columns/2013/property-taxes-are-the-tools-working/
    Summary Perhaps the Governor’s tools aren’t working.
    Body Property Taxes: Are the “Tools” working? Perhaps the Governor’s tools aren’t working. A recently announced infusion of $100 million into schools won’t mean any more money for children. But it will help stem an expected rise in property taxes. St...
  • /news/columns/2013/wisconsin-needs-smarter-budget-choices/
    Summary The recently passed $70 billion budget spends $4 billion more than the last budget. It is estimated to create a half a billion dollar deficit going into the next budget - even though we started with more money...
    Body Wisconsin Needs Smarter Budget Choices “Two years ago, Wisconsin made tough choices,” wrote Robert from Mondovi. “The deficit was eliminated, costs were controlled and Wisconsin was back on the track to prosperity.” The Buffalo County man wante...
  • /news/press-releases/2017/statement-on-the-governor-s-budget-address/
    Summary “Governors like to put the good news in headlines and the bad news in small print.”
    Body Senator Vinehout statement on the Governor’s Budget Address Let’s wait to see the small print “Governors like to put the good news in headlines and the bad news in small print.” “Over the next several weeks, we will learn more about the small prin...
  • Statement on Budget

    Last edited: 03/21/2018

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    Summary Budgets are all about choices. Unfortunately, the budget passed by the Senate majority party represents political choices, not the choices of Wisconsin families.
    Body Statement on Budget (MADISON)  State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) released the following statement following the State Senate action on the 2015-17 State Budget bill: “Budgets are all about choices. Unfortunately, the budget passed by the...
  • /news/press-releases/2015/statement-on-governor-walker-s-budget-address/
    Summary The Governor’s speech was long on campaign-speak and light on setails… What specifics we learned mean a tough road ahead for local schools, the UW and our children who will inherit increased state debt.
    Body Statement on Governor Walker’s Budget Address “The Governor’s speech was long on campaign-speak and light on details.” “What specifics we learned mean a tough road ahead for local schools, the UW and our children who will inherit increased state ...
  • /news/columns/2013/the-wisconsin-budget-has-lots-of-missing-numbers/
    Summary “Why don’t these numbers add up?” the school board member asked me. He was looking at the summary tables on dollars for schools in the new state budget. “Because numbers are missing...
    Body The Wisconsin Budget has Lots of Missing Numbers “Why don’t these numbers add up?” the school board member asked me. He was looking at the summary tables on dollars for schools in the new state budget. “Because numbers are missing,” I told him, re...
  • Budget Myths Abound

    Last edited: 03/20/2018

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    Summary “The State is spending less.” “This budget took a deficit and turned it into a surplus.” “Wisconsin has paid off its debt.” Which of these are true statements regarding the new state budget? The answer is NONE of the above
    Body Budget Myths Abound “The State is spending less.” “This budget took a deficit and turned it into a surplus.” “Wisconsin has paid off its debt.” Which of these are true statements regarding the new state budget? The answer is NONE of the above. G...
  • /news/columns/2015/let-s-debunk-a-few-budget-myths/
    Summary “I’m okay with the cuts,” the man wrote me. “It’s shameful to pass debt on to our children.” In the man’s message, he implies a common misconception about Wisconsin – there is no state debt.
    Body Let’s Debunk a Few Budget Myths “I’m okay with the cuts,” the man wrote me. “It’s shameful to pass debt on to our children.” In the man’s message, he implies a common misconception about Wisconsin – there is no state debt. Wisconsin owes a lot of...
  • /news/columns/2015/state-budget-take-time-to-learn-and-express-yourself/
    Summary Recently the Governor made public his proposal for the state’s two-year budget. The day following his speech a Senate page brought around a hand-truck load of budget documents.
    Body State Budget: Take Time to Learn and Express Yourself “What people need to understand is that we are seeing this budget for the first time,” the Republican staff member told me. “There are a lot of things that need to change.” Recently the Govern...
  • /news/columns/2017/a-few-budget-details-that-didn-t-make-headlines/
    Summary Governor Walker recently released his two-year state budget. Amid much fanfare, he touted providing much needed money for schools, roads, and the UW. I went digging through budget documents released by the Governor. I knew there was more to the story...
    Body   A Few Budget Details that Didn’t Make Headlines “Governors are a bit like salesmen,” I recently told a reporter. “They put good news in the headlines and bury bad news in the small print.” Governor Walker recently released his two-year state bud...
  • /news/columns/2017/searching-for-the-reform-dividend/
    Summary What is the “Reform Dividend” the Governor spoke about in his budget address? Where is it? How much is it? An inquiring mind wanted to know.
    Body   Searching for the “Reform Dividend”Locals ask is ‘new’ money real? “Overall, our common-sense reforms brought us here – to the point we have a significantly better budget outlook.” Governor Walker said in his recent Budget Address. “We call this ...
  • /news/columns/2017/state-budget-start-with-what-s-real/
    Summary When it comes to paying the bills you’ve got to deal with what’s real. You can’t spend rhetoric.
    Body   State Budget: Start with What’s Real When it comes to paying the bills you’ve got to deal with what’s real. You can’t spend rhetoric. Lawmakers are doubling down to deal with the state budget. Public hearings and town hall meetings are scheduled...
  • What Choices Would You Make?

    Last edited: 03/20/2018

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    Summary In the next few weeks, state lawmakers are voting on how Wisconsin spends money over the next two years. The choices legislators make will affect our communities and our lives.
    Body What Choices Would You Make? In the next few weeks, state lawmakers are voting on how Wisconsin spends money over the next two years. The choices legislators make will affect our communities and our lives. Lawmakers are working off a spending plan ...
  • Statement on Budget

    Last edited: 03/20/2018

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    Summary “In one week, Majority Party members in the Senate made $79 billion worth of decisions for the Foxconn deal and state budget. But our transportation funding crisis, education funding inequalities, rural broadband, health care needs, and desperate loc...
    Body   Sen. Vinehout: Statement on Budget (MADISON)  State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) released the following statement regarding State Senate action on the 2017-19 State Budget bill: “In one week, Majority Party members in the Senate made $79 b...
  • 2017

    Last edited: 03/06/2018

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