State Budget Category Archive


  • Walker Calls for Elimination of For-profit College Watchdog Agency

    A proposal in Gov. Scott Walker’s two-year budget would likely make Wisconsin the only state without oversight of for-profit colleges, at a time when many others are ramping up their level of...

    Capital Times, 02/16/2015
  • Walker Budget Steeply Cuts DNR’s Science Bureau

    The employees include scientists and others with master’s and doctoral degrees who perform research for the DNR on environmental regulation and wildlife management policy. Walker’s budget would cut 18.4 positions in the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/06/2015
  • Gov. Walker Sticks Middle Class, Schools and Students With Tab for His Fiscal Mismanagement

    Walker’s higher education budget is a recipe for more even more student loan debt for a nation that already has 40 million Americans who worked hard for their education or job training.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/03/2015
  • Scot Ross: Scott Walker’s Budget Would Explode Student Loan Debt

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recently unveiled higher education budget plans would only exacerbate the burgeoning student loan debt crisis.

    Capital Times, 02/02/2015
  • Take It to the Bank: Gov. Walker’s Budget Plan Will Explode Student Loan Debt In Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recently-unveiled higher education budget plans will only exacerbate the burgeoning student loan debt crisis.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/30/2015
  • Walker Discusses UW Affordability at UW-Eau Claire Visit

    One Wisconsin Now is blasting Walker because he hiked tuition, flat-lined financial aid, and let legislation that would have helped current student borrowers refinance their loans die.

    WEAU-TV, 09/10/2014
  • #WalkerAt20: Promises Made, Promises Broken

    MADISON, Wis. — In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/16/2013
  • Gov. Walker’s Misplaced Budget Priorities: Education Privatization Devastating to Public Schools

    An analysis of Gov. Walker's 2013-15 budget plan reveals a massive increase in the percentage of state taxpayer dollars going to the unaccountable private school voucher program.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/10/2013
  • Budget Provision to Lift Ban on Foreign Ownership of Land Criticized

    Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposes lifting a longtime prohibition on foreign ownership of large tracts of land in Wisconsin — a change that some legislators believe will allow other countries to gain...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/28/2013
  • Gov. Walker’s Nearly $68 Billion Budget Allocates $0.0 For Direct Relief From Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis

    Gov. Walker larders special interests with sweetheart deals and doles out millions in tax breaks for the wealthiest Wisconsinites.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/26/2013
  • The Billion Dollar Question: How Big Is Budget Windfall for Gov. Walker’s Biggest Campaign Contributor?

    MADISON, Wis. — An initial analysis of Gov. Walker’s proposed income tax break in his 2013-15 budget shows, to no surprise, that the majority of the breaks go to the state’s wealthiest...

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/21/2013
  • Walker’s 2013 Budget Proposed Expanding Vouchers Throughout the State

    Under Walker’s proposal, districts would be opened up to voucher programs if they have at least 4,000 students and two school buildings receiving a grade of “fails to meet expectations” or “meets...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/18/2013
  • Commission Recommends Increase in State College Aid

    Citing swelling numbers of Wisconsin college students who are eligible for state aid, but denied because of limited state funding, the University of Wisconsin System, the state association for independent colleges, the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/03/2012
  • Windfall! Rich Will Get Richer From New Tax Credit

    Slipped into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011-2013 budget at the last moment, the domestic production tax credit will cost the state $360 million in revenue over the next four years and some $130...

    Capital Times, 05/23/2012
  • Memo: Follow the Money

    You've also probably seen the ads paid for by the special interests benefitting from tax giveaways, consumer protection rollbacks and lax public safety regulation enforcement by the Walker administration.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/21/2012
  • One Wisconsin Institute Report: ‘D Is for Dismantle’

    A comprehensive analysis entitled “D is for Dismantle,” authored by the non-partisan One Wisconsin Institute shows that despite claims from Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin schools are not failing, instead his budget cuts and disastrous education policies endanger our proud tradition of excellent schools.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 12/19/2011
  • Walker Broke Campaign Pledge and Raised State Fees to Fill Budget Hole, Including $107 Million in Tuition Hikes on UW Students

    In the 2011-13 budget, Walker increased fees by over $136 million: Eliminate registration exemption for certain investment advisors Certification fee for persons making title loans Nonprofit organization criminal history record check fee...

    Legislative Fiscal Bureau, 07/05/2011
  • Walker’s First Budget Slashed Funding for Education by Nearly $2 Billion

    Headline: Wis. Gov. signs budget cutting education $1.85B. “Democrats assailed the budget as an attack on middle class values since it cuts funding for public schools by $800 million, reduces funding to...

    CBS News, 06/26/2011
  • Walker’s First Budget Included Deep Cuts, Tuition Hikes for UW System

    In March, UW-Eau Claire expected a $5.1 million cut based on Walker’s budget proposal, but that went up to $6.3 million with the version approved this week by the state Legislature. UW-Stout’s...

    Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 06/18/2011
  • We’re Not Broke

    With the mantra “we're broke,” Gov. Scott Walker proposed slashing funding to services and public goods of the middle class – all the while cutting taxes by $200 million for the wealthy and corporations. The reality is that there is no fiscal emergency and we're not broke.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 04/04/2011
  • Wisconsin Democrats Face Uphill Battle in Repeal of Governor Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Law

    “There will need to be electoral changes in order to get the rights back that Republicans took from working people,” said Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, a progressive advocacy...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 03/18/2011
  • Walker’s Budget Promises to Cut BadgerCare, Increase Class Sizes; Hundreds Demand M&I Bank Repay Taxpayer Money Now

    MADISON, Wis. — When M&I Bank gladly took $1.7 billion in taxpayer TARP dollars two years ago, it was supposed to use the money to help get the state’s economy back on...

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/14/2011
  • Walker’s Budget Ended Early Release Programs for Prisoners

    On the chopping block in Walker’s two-year budget proposal are early release programs for prisoners, in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, mandatory insurance coverage of contraceptives, college financial aid...

    Associated Press, 03/09/2011
  • Walker’s Budget Axed In-state Tuition for Undocumented Students

    On the chopping block in Walker’s two-year budget proposal are early release programs for prisoners, in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, mandatory insurance coverage of contraceptives, college financial aid...

    Associated Press, 03/09/2011
  • Walker’s First Budget Made Cuts to Medicaid

    “About 55,000 people could lose their health insurance under the state’s BadgerCare program, under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget plan released Tuesday. Walker’s budget also would shrink aid to Wisconsin Works participants and...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/01/2011
  • Walker Proposed Taking Away Most Legislative Oversight of BadgerCare; Turning Decision-making Over to DHS Secretary

    Appleton Post Crescent Editorial: Prescription for trouble / Agency would make decisions on medical assistance: Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill has another provision that can have a huge impact on people...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 02/24/2011
  • Walker’s Budget Scheme: Undemocratic, Unbalanced, Potentially Unconstitutional

    Gov. Scott Walker’s scheme to allow the government to take away the rights of Wisconsin workers is part of an unbalanced and potentially unconstitutional proposal that would add at least $30 million to the state’s credit card and allow the Governor’s health agency director to slash health care access and raise costs without the approval of the legislature.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/14/2011
  • Walker’s Budget Roils State Politics and Government

    Scot Ross of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now said no governor has used the military against public employees as far back as the 1930’s. He said current events show “just how...

    RiverTowns.net, 02/14/2011
  • Misconceptions Spread Over National Guard’s Role in Walker Budget Proposal

    “No Wisconsin Governor has deployed the military against public employees as far back as the 1930s, showing just how radical the steps are that Gov. Walker is taking to consolidate his power,”...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/13/2011
  • Biz Beat: Walker Budget Plan Called a ‘nuclear Option’

    Scot Ross of the progressive Advocacy Group One Wisconsin Now added: “You take away people’s rights and then use the National Guard to back it up. If this was happening in another...

    Capital Times, 02/10/2011
  • Walker’s ‘Special Interest Session’ Tab: $140 Million and Counting

    Despite the state’s $3.3 billion deficit, Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled state legislature have added over $140 million in new special interest spending to that tab.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/27/2011