27 pages have the tag State Budget

    /news/columns/2017/will-wisconsin-s-future-children-receive-an-equal-education/
    Summary: Openly, legislative leaders point to a lack of agreement on public education. They say no progress can happen until they round up necessary votes for the education portion of the budget. Privately, some GOP lawmakers are also angling to spend mone...
    Body: Will Wisconsin’s Future Children Receive an Equal Education? Progress with the state budget is at a standoff in the Capitol. Behind closed doors, leaders are talking details and trying to find votes. Openly, legislative leaders point to a lack o...
    /news/press-releases/2017/citizens-invited-to-state-budget-town-hall-meeting-in-eau-claire/
    Summary: Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Representative Dana Wachs will host a Town Hall Meeting regarding the proposed 2017-19 State Budget in Eau Claire on May 20, 2017.
    Body:   Citizens Invited to State Budget Town Hall Meeting Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Representative Dana Wachs will host a Town Hall Meeting regarding the proposed 2017-19 State Budget in Eau Claire on May 20, 2017. “This state budget will have s...
    /news/press-releases/2017/citizens-invited-to-state-budget-town-hall-meeting-in-mondovi/
    Summary: Senator Kathleen Vinehout will host a Town Hall Meeting regarding the proposed 2017-19 State Budget in Mondovi on May 25, 2017.
    Body: May 12, 2017   Citizens Invited to State Budget Town Hall Meeting Senator Kathleen Vinehout will host a Town Hall Meeting regarding the proposed 2017-19 State Budget in Mondovi on May 25, 2017. “This state budget will have significant impact o...

    2017

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    /news/columns/2014/wisconsin-leading-the-way-in-state-cuts-to-schools/
    Summary: A recently released study of state budget cuts to local schools has Wisconsin ranked second only to Alabama in cuts per pupil.
    Body: “Hard to believe we are in competition for last place!” said Pepin Superintendent Bruce Quinton. This is hard to believe indeed. A recently released study of state budget cuts to local schools has Wisconsin ranked second only to Alabama in cuts p...
    /news/columns/2014/investing-in-wisconsin-for-our-children-for-our-future/
    Summary: I climbed aboard the tractor-driven wagon at the Pierce County Dairy Breakfast and nodded to two smiling girls clutching brightly colored balloons. Two families down was a little boy with tears in his eyes. His mother comforted him.
    Body: I climbed aboard the tractor-driven wagon at the Pierce County Dairy Breakfast and nodded to two smiling girls clutching brightly colored balloons. Two families down was a little boy with tears in his eyes. His mother comforted him. “Would you li...
    /news/columns/2014/governor-let-s-first-pay-the-bills/
    Summary: Lawmakers are falling over themselves to come up with the best tax give-away. But maybe they should check the pile of past due bills first.
    Body: Imagine you came into a bit of money. Not a lot - less than $500 on your annual salary of $35,000 - but enough to make you happy. This is the pleasant situation state government faces: new revenue estimates predict the state will close its books...
    /news/columns/2014/growing-state-debt-is-unsustainable/
    Summary: “I was wondering how Wisconsin's state debt has been trending over the last several years,” Dave from Durand wrote me. “I'm also curious to know why there has been no talk of paying off the state's debt.”
    Body: “I was wondering how Wisconsin's state debt has been trending over the last several years,” Dave from Durand wrote me. “I'm also curious to know why there has been no talk of paying off the state's debt.” The state’s debt is important. Before any...
    /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: “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 Governor made public his proposal for the state’s two-year b...

    “I’m Counting on You”

    Last edited: 11/08/2017

    /news/columns/2015/i-m-counting-on-you/
    Summary: In late night budget action, after freezing the school revenue limit and allowing no increase in aid, the Republican majority voted to strip away teaching standards.
    Body: Removal of Teaching Standards Fires Up Folks “I’m counting on you,” Tracy from Mondovi wrote me. “The architects of the Joint Finance Committee’s education budget package wrongly assumes that anyone can teach by allowing those with minimal qua...
    /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: “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 public school. There’s a lot I could talk about today....
    /news/columns/2015/governor-s-higher-ed-budget-cuts-bad-for-wisconsin-s-future/
    Summary: My son got me thinking about the challenges our students face – competing in a global marketplace, changes in the economy, changes in technology. College has never been so important. Keeping colleges up-to-date costs money.
    Body: Governor’s Higher Ed Budget Cuts Bad for Wisconsin’s Future “I love college, Mom,” my son told me. “There is nowhere else I can hear a conversation in a different language every day.” My son got me thinking about the challenges our students fa...
    /news/columns/2015/details-buried-deep-in-budget-affect-students-and-voters/
    Summary: “I didn’t know that was a part of the state budget,” the parent told me.
    Body: “I didn’t know that was a part of the state budget,” the parent told me. That was the reciprocity agreement between Wisconsin and Minnesota to allow students from across state lines to attend public universities at in-state tuition costs. This ar...
    /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...
    /news/columns/2015/citizen-input-provides-important-details-of-conservation-budget-cuts/
    Summary: “Why is it I keep hearing more about what’s in the governor’s budget?” the woman asked me. “Don’t you see it all at once and then decide what to do?”
    Body: Citizen Input Provides Important Details of Conservation Budget Cuts “Why is it I keep hearing more about what’s in the governor’s budget?” the woman asked me. “Don’t you see it all at once and then decide what to do?” It can be difficult for...
    /news/columns/2015/a-flurry-of-new-policy-slipped-in-by-budget-committee/
    Summary: I didn’t expect to look up telephone laws reading the state budget.
    Body: A Flurry of New Policy Slipped in by Budget Committee I didn’t expect to look up telephone laws reading the state budget. Snuck in the end of the Joint Finance Committee’s work is a law change that could affect the safety of rural residents. I...
    /news/columns/2015/four-not-so-easy-ways-to-balance-the-transportation-budget/
    Summary: Budget talks are stalled. Legislators can’t seem to find a way through the labyrinth of interests stalking the Capitol halls. One main sticking point is how to balance the transportation budget.
    Body: Four (Not so Easy) Ways to Balance the Transportation Budget “If it was up to you,” the Chamber of Commerce moderator asked area legislators, “How would you solve the transportation problem?” Budget talks are stalled. Legislators can’t seem to...
    /news/columns/2016/how-to-fund-roads-a-balancing-act/
    Summary: Funding roads is an important job for state leaders. Nine cents of every state budget dollar goes towards transportation. In the vagaries of Wisconsin state budgeting, this includes dollars the feds send Wisconsin (about forty cents of every road...
    Body: September 21, 2016   How to Fund Roads: A Balancing Act Funding roads is an important job for state leaders. Nine cents of every state budget dollar goes towards transportation. In the vagaries of Wisconsin state budgeting, this includes dollar...
    /news/columns/2016/how-to-make-heads-or-tails-of-wisconsins-finances/
    Summary: People want to know about the health of Wisconsin’s finances. As I began my research, I spoke with the State Auditor and the chief financial analyst, both of whom work for nonpartisan legislative support agencies.
    Body: How to Make Heads or Tails of Wisconsin's Finances “Is there any news on how the state is positioned for revenue growth?” Mr. Olsen inquired in his letter. “How do our finances compare to other states?” Mrs. Adams asked. People want to know a...
    /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 dec...
    /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...
    /news/columns/2017/seeking-solutions-for-state-road-budget/
    Summary: A tall man stopped me in the hall of the Capitol. “Can’t you just increase the gas tax?” he asked me. “I’m here to ask my Republican Senator to increase the gas tax. We need to fix the roads.”
    Body: Seeking Solutions for State Road Budget A tall man stopped me in the hall of the Capitol. “Can’t you just increase the gas tax?” he asked me. “I’m here to ask my Republican Senator to increase the gas tax. We need to fix the roads.” He smiled. T...

    What Choices Would You Make?

    Last edited: 11/08/2017

    /news/columns/2017/what-choices-would-you-make/
    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 pl...
    /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 th...
    /news/columns/2017/school-funding-it-s-about-more-than-money/
    Summary: “Public education in Wisconsin should provide high quality learning for ALL children no matter who they are or where they live,” Eau Claire School Board President Chris Hambuch-Boyle recently told me.
    Body:   School Funding: It’s about More than Money “Public education in Wisconsin should provide high quality learning for ALL children no matter who they are or where they live,” Eau Claire School Board President Chris Hambuch-Boyle recently told me....
    /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 st...
    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...
    /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 schedu...