State Budget Category Archive


  • Unusual Budget Maneuver Sets Up Showdown on Conservative Policies, Transportation

    Last week, the leaders of the Legislature’s powerful budget committee tossed out dozens of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposals — including his entire transportation budget — though some could be coming back as...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 04/09/2017
  • Budget Committee Removes 83 Scott Walker Budget Proposals

    In another sign of trouble for Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to borrow more and delay road construction projects, the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee announced Thursday it would start its negotiations from scratch...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 04/07/2017
  • Scott Walker Official Pressed on Mental Health

    A Democratic state senator pressed Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s top health official last week to support hiking Medicaid reimbursement rates for mental health providers in the state. The testy exchange in a...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 04/06/2017
  • Joint Finance Committee Eliminates Proposal Allowing Students to Opt Out of Segregated Fees

    Following much backlash from students throughout the University of Wisconsin System about the possibility of being able to opt out of allocable segregated fees, state legislators eliminated the contentious proposal Thursday. After...

    Badger Herald, 04/06/2017
  • Gundersen CEO Welcomes Walker Budget Plans to Train Workforce

    Gundersen Health System CEO Scott Rathgaber finds comfort in the fact that Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget addresses workforce shortages that bedevil health care and other industries, but he makes it clear...

    La Crosse Tribune, 04/05/2017
  • Education Issues Take Center Stage At First Public Hearing On Budget

    Education issues took center stage at the first public hearing on the 2017-2019 state budget Monday in Platteville. Dozens of citizens testified on issues including funding for a new engineering building on...

    WPR, 04/03/2017
  • No Funding Push to Clear Rape Kit Backlog

    Schimel didn’t ask lawmakers last year to fund rape kit testing as part of the Department of Justice’s two-year budget request and no proposal was included in Walker’s proposed state budget this...

    USA Today, 04/01/2017
  • Dan Feyen Vote Threatens Defense Contracting Jobs in Oshkosh

    Dan Feyen put right-wing ideology before the jobs of Wisconsin workers in his own Senate district with his vote today for a Constitutional convention.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/30/2017
  • Lawmakers Take Aim At Walker Transportation Budget

    Some of the sharpest criticism of the governor’s plan came from Joint Finance Committee co-chair John Nygren, a Republican from Marinette, who focused on a recent audit and a DOT report that...

    WPR, 03/30/2017
  • DNR’s Cathy Stepp Defends Her Record on Climate Change and Pollution

    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources secretary Cathy Stepp defended her agency’s record on climate change and environmental protection during a legislative hearing Thursday on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-19 budget. The department...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/30/2017
  • UW System President: Walker’s Budget A ‘Move In The Right Direction’

    University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross said Thursday that Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget for state colleges and universities is a “move in the right direction.” Cross testified about the UW...

    WPR, 03/30/2017
  • Is a Billionaire-Funded Coup to Rewrite the Constitution Upon Us?

    One Wisconsin Now, puts it more bluntly: “The balanced budget talk is a fig leaf to let them change America into a right-wing alternative universe."

    AlterNet, 03/23/2017
  • Wisconsin GOP Moving to Call for Constitutional Convention

    Scot Ross, executive director of liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, warned that ASL’s internal rules won’t be able to control what happens at the convention.

    Associated Press, 03/21/2017
  • Gov. Walker Budget Reduces Taxes and Fees, Increases Spending and Number of State Employees

    Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday called for nearly $600 million in reduced taxes and fees along with significant new spending in areas where he made sizable cuts in the past as part...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/09/2017
  • No Help for Wisconsin Student Loan Borrowers, Again, in Gov. Scott Walker’s 2017 State Budget Plan

    Scott Walker’s budget has a huge deficit of common sense, again failing to include student loan reforms like allowing borrowers to refinance.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/08/2017
  • Gov. Scott Walker Uses Budget Address to Kick Off 2018 Campaign

    Two-Year Tax and Spending Plan Introduced by Governor More About Trying to Get Himself Re-elected Than Fixing Damage Done During His Time in Office.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/08/2017
  • State’s Overtime Costs Soar

    The overtime paid to state workers rose by 12% last year to a level not seen for at least a decade, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis has found. The sharp increase in...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/24/2016
  • UW System Putting Off Repairs, Renovation — but at What Cost?

    (C)ampuses have accumulated a backlog of fixes needed at older buildings.. The UW System collectively has more than 1,900 buildings of all shapes, sizes and ages. Many were built during the post-World...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/02/2016
  • Report: State Tax Credit Benefits Wealthy

    Budgets are about choices and Gov. Walker and the Republican Legislature chose to give a $300 million tax break to millionaires and billionaires.

    Associated Press, 06/28/2016
  • Scott Walker Sought Changes to Wisconsin Idea, Emails Show After Judge Orders Release of Records

    Records released Friday by Gov. Scott Walker’s office in response to a judge’s order make clear he sought controversial changes in 2015 to the University of Wisconsin System’s mission statement, known as...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/28/2016
  • Leaving UW: Reduced Funding, Politics Force Fond Faculty to Say Farewell

    Budget cuts and politics have combined to convince faculty — some who thought they would retire at the campus — to accept offers of the kind they’ve declined in the past and...

    Capital Times, 05/14/2016
  • Walker Administration Delays $101 Million Debt Payment

    Gov. Scott Walker’s administration this month put off making $101 million in debt payments, driving up costs for taxpayers by more than $2 million in the long run, according to the Legislature’s...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/10/2016
  • Scott Walker Blasts Professors As UW-Milwaukee Faculty Vote ‘no Confidence’ in Leaders

    UW-Milwaukee became the fourth University of Wisconsin System campus to see professors declare they have no confidence in UW’s leaders Tuesday, in a vote that prompted Gov. Scott Walker to weigh in...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/10/2016
  • Changes to Tenure, Budget and Regents Show Extent of Scott Walker’s Impact On UW

    Walker declined a request for an interview to discuss his vision for higher education in Wisconsin. Spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said he has sought to “make college more affordable while helping students get...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/27/2016
  • Pace of Mental Health Reform Slows to Crawl

    Walker has signed one law addressing youth mental health, with plans to sign just one more, but he didn’t say there was more legislation he wanted to see on the subject. “That’s...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 03/22/2016
  • Amid Rough Seas for UW System, Wave of Challenges Hits UWM

    And then there’s the issue of state funding. Theoretically, every student in the UW System should have about the same amount of taxpayer support behind them. But that’s not the case. And...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/04/2016
  • Wisconsin Uses Affordable Care Act but Rejects Funding For it

    Wisconsin’s decision last week to challenge a fee imposed by the Affordable Care Act set up a comparison not lost on advocates who support the law.The fee has cost the state about...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/28/2016
  • Is State Shorting Higher Education? | Reports Suggest So; Walker Office Says no

    Among the 48 states with approved budgets, Wisconsin ranked No. 2 for highest percentage cut (8.1%) behind Arizona (14%). It was the third consecutive year that state funding for higher education on...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/31/2016
  • Higher Ed Proposals Will Help, but Much More Is Needed to Hold Down College Cost

    Wisconsin is one of the few states reducing aid to higher education, which isn’t a path to prosperity. Wisconsin needs to invest in its colleges to compete in a global economy and...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/31/2016
  • Brown Co. Needs to Lead Wind Turbine Study

    To his credit, Gov. Scott Walker included in his two-year budget proposal $250,000 to study this issue. Here was an opportunity to address an issue of importance to all state residents –...

    Green Bay Press-Gazette, 01/31/2016
  • UW-Extension Considers Cutting Services to Absorb Budget hit

    University of Wisconsin-Extension officials want to absorb Gov. Scott Walker’s budget cuts by reducing the number of agents and researchers helping people with everything from growing crops to family finances…Extension Provost Aaron...

    Associated Press, 01/29/2016
  • Anxieties Persist That State Projects Pipeline Could Be Drying up

    As Gov. Scott Walker pledged would happen, plans to build an addition to a prominent UW-Madison dairy building are moving forward despite lawmakers’ recent sparring over the state’s level of construction debt.

    DailyReporter, 12/10/2015
  • In Milwaukee, Evidence Is Weak for the ‘Ferguson Effect

    Instead, Flynn pointed to two more likely culprits: State budget cuts that reduced mental health services and other social programs, and a 2011 law that dramatically weakened the power of police to...

    Washington Post, 12/05/2015
  • Falk Pushes Health Care Signups

    Nelson said engaging Wisconsinites at the local level to ensure they get health care before Jan. 31 is important because Wisconsin is one of 19 states that did not expand Medicaid. Wisconsin...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 11/30/2015
  • Lawmakers OK Additional Highway Borrowing

    Lawmakers gave Walker’s administration the ability to ask for an extra $350 million in borrowing — $200 million this fiscal year and $150 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/04/2015
  • Highway Funds: Too Much or Too Little?

    While Gov. Scott Walker wanted to bond $1.3 billion to keep transportation projects on track, Republicans balked at that level of borrowing and reduced the amount to around $850 million, with the...

    Sheboygan Press, 10/31/2015
  • Scott Walker Asks Senate Republicans for More Road Borrowing

    Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday urged Senate Republicans to approve additional borrowing to help put back on track at least some of the five major highway projects that are facing delays. Walker’s...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/06/2015
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Walker Signing Special Interest Budget

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements about Gov. Scott Walker signing the biennial state budget during an unexpected day spent in Wisconsin.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/12/2015
  • Sen. Duey Stroebel: Lawmaker, Lawbreaker?

    Stroebel crossed the line of what’s legal in Wisconsin with his action publicly demanding a vote on that bill as a bottom line demand for giving his vote in favor of the state budget.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/03/2015
  • Assembly Speaker Vos Claims He Can Pass Milwaukee Bucks Arena Deal in GOP-Controlled Assembly

    At a Madison press conference Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos revealed the full details of a secretly negotiated deal to help build a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks and claimed he could pass it in the State Assembly.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/30/2015
  • Big Budget: Scott Walker Is Up Against a Deadline on His Latest Spending Plan

    He’s trying to “get out of here” and run for president.

    La Crosse Tribune, 06/17/2015
  • Guest View: Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Is No Model to Follow

    People who read Gov. Scott Walker’s recent column deserve to know the truth about his record on the economy. Tax cuts for corporation do not create jobs. Education creates jobs, which creates customers for small businesses.

    Holmen Courier-Life, 06/11/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Budgets

    As governor, Scott Walker’s approach has been to reward the wealthy and corporations with tax cuts, both in the budget and through special legislation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2015
  • Rep. Chris Taylor Says Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget Filled With Mistakes

    Democrats (and a few Republicans) have complained about a variety of matters in the budget, and said the package was poorly prepared. Such complaints were raised in a news release issued the...

    Politifact, 06/01/2015
  • Twenty-Five Years of School Privatization, Twenty-Five Years of Failure

    On its silver anniversary, the Wisconsin school privatization experiment is the gold standard for failure and lack of accountability. But that won’t stop its champions like the Bradley-funded propaganda machine.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/28/2015
  • Walker’s Factory & Farm Owner Tax Cuts Cost $275 Million More — Twice Original Projections

    A measure tucked into Gov. Walker’s 2011 budget that effectively eliminated state income taxes on owners of factories and farms in Wisconsin is costing way more than predicted and contributing mightily to...

    Capital Times, 03/06/2015
  • Counties, Assessors Oppose Walker’s Proposed Shift to County Assessing

    Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to shift property assessment duties from municipalities to counties is meeting resistance among assessors and county leaders. The Wisconsin Association of Assessing Officers voted this week to oppose...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/18/2015
  • Scott Walker Budget Would Remove Oversight of For-profit Colleges

    "The for-profit college industry has engaged in the kinds of tactics and activities that should earn them more, not less, scrutiny," said Analiese Eicher, program director for the liberal group One Wisconsin Now.

    Capital Times, 02/16/2015