November 2, 2018 — Governor Walker promised on Thursday that he will protect insurance coverage for people with pre-existing health conditions by putting “the exact same language that’s in the Affordable Care Act” into state statutes. The Governor’s statement would be somewhat reassuring for health care advocates like myself if amending state statutes were a viable option for preserving the ACA’s protections for people who have ongoing medical conditions. However, in addition to the fact that the state Senate has shown no inclination to pass such legislation, there are several reasons why that strategy is not a workable alternative to the protections provided by the federal law.
October 11, 2018 — This issue brief outlines six reasons why Wisconsin lawmakers should eliminate a recent tax credit that allows manufacturers and some other businesses to pay next to nothing in income taxes,. The credit has ballooned far beyond original cost estimates and has done little to promote job creation.
March 4, 2018 — Wisconsin’s economy needs immigrant workers. Policymakers should make sure that immigrants in Wisconsin have the opportunity to thrive and contribute to Wisconsin’s shared prosperity, both as community members and workers. When immigrants do well—both in the workplace and in families and communities—we all succeed.
January 29, 2018 –A new Legislative Fiscal Bureau document reveals that the potential costs of public assistance for Foxconn have risen to about $4.5 billion. Our analysis of the LFB figures shows that more than $1 billion of those costs has no direct tie to job creation.
December 20, 2017 — Wisconsin’s farms, particularly dairy farms, depend heavily on immigrant labor to function. Offering young immigrants a secure future would allow those workers to advance their education and develop the skills that employers – such as dairy farms – are looking for.
August 21, 2017 — The proposed package of incentives aimed at encouraging Foxconn to build a manufacturing facility in southeast Wisconsin could cost the state more than $3 billion in the next 15 years. This analysis summarizes five of the reasons why the proposed deal is a poor use of public resources.
August 16, 2017 — When the Legislative Fiscal Bureau wrote that it would take until at least 2043 for Wisconsin to break even on the Foxconn subsidies, they were summarizing an analysis that used the “best case” assumptions. Using the same methodology and most of the same assumptions, a new Wisconsin Budget Project analysis calculates that other scenarios within the range described by Foxconn could mean that the cost of the state subsidies would not be recovered until 2050 or 2058.