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Foxconn Lessons – One Year after Enactment

September 19, 2018 — September 18 marked the one-year anniversary of the bill authorizing massive subsidies for a Foxconn plant in southeast Wisconsin. Although we still don’t know many specifics about the plant that will be built and the new jobs that will result, we have learned a lot in the last year, and the current picture is considerably different than what we had been led to believe a year ago.

Five Reasons the Foxconn Deal Would be Bad for Wisconsin

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.

The Significant Risk of Never Breaking Even on Foxconn Subsidies

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.

The Big Giveaway is Getting Bigger: Updated Figures Show Growing Tax Credit is Inefficient, Costly

February 2, 2017 — A tax credit that allows manufacturers and some other businesses to pay next to nothing in income taxes has ballooned far beyond original cost estimates and is slanted to favor a small group of wealthy claimants. Most of the credit goes towards reducing income taxes for millionaires, with some tax filers with incomes of over $1 million receiving tax cuts of more than $100,000.

Wisconsin’s Public Sector is Leaner than Most Other States’

January 23, 2017 — Wisconsin ranks 35th in the number of government workers per population, meaning Wisconsin’s state and local governments are leaner than all but 15 other states. The number of public employees in Wisconsin has fallen over time, and current levels of public employment are significantly lower than they were around the turn of the century.

21632163Evers’ Budget Provides Tax Cuts for Working Families, Ensures Wealthiest Wisconsinites Pay What They Owe 16411641Eliminating Wisconsin’s Income Tax Would Give Huge Tax Cuts to the Wealthy and Powerful 16351635Wisconsin Legislators Fail to Invest Any New State Funds in Early Education 16471647Tax Changes in Budget Bill Thwart Efforts to Advance Equity 16271627Wisconsin Lawmakers Directed Far More Resources to an Income Tax Cut than Other Critical Priorities 16481648Opportunity Wasted: Legislature Removes Nearly All Items Promoting Racial Equity from the State Budget 17291729A Decade After Historic Cuts, Wisconsin Still Hasn’t Fully Restored State Aid for Public School Districts, New Report Shows