Now that Wisconsin's budget projection shows a big surplus in the coming biennium, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos isn't interested in using some of the money for more aid to schools and broadband expansion, arguing instead that it should be returned to the taxpayers because they're the hardworking people who made the surplus possible.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republicans who control the Legislature got a stunning update on state government’s cash position from Lang: Tax collections will be $4.4 billion higher than expected by mid-2023.
Biden should couple increased police funding with all kinds of reform requirements, so that departments could only get the money if they met a set of standards and got certified by the Justice Department.
In 2017, one of the city’s oldest manufacturing firms, Hufcor, was taken over by OpenGate Capital, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm that has a record of dismembering factories with heartless disregard for workers and communities.
Gov. Tony Evers has more than $5 billion at his disposal to spend on any number of COVID-19-related relief efforts, yet he can’t seem to find a fraction of that windfall to re-open the storied historical sites his administration ordered shut down last fall.
Former Wisconsin governors Jim Doyle, a Democrat, and Scott Walker, a Republican have come together for the better health of our state. They have joined efforts to enlist their fellow citizens to get vaccinated so to stem the spread of COVID.
Given the state’s revenue forecast, it makes sense to consider options for returning some of the excess revenue to taxpayers in a structurally sound manner while making Wisconsin more economically competitive in the process.
With an additional $4.4 billion in tax revenue, the legislature and the governor have the opportunity to accomplish priorities that were often thought to be unrealistic: reduce taxes, implement a learning loss recovery program for students who have been left behind from school closures, or expand strategic investments like broadband to ensure all Wisconsinites have access to high-speed internet.