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Economic Justice

A Blueprint for Stronger Growth and Shared Prosperity

March 5, 2019 – Everyone in Wisconsin deserves the opportunity to fully benefit from the state’s economic growth. Our economy, our communities, our schools, and our families will fare better when every person in the state has full access to opportunity. This document outlines four key strategies for enabling Wisconsin to move forward on a path to shared prosperity.

Ensuring Working Families Can Succeed

February 15, 2019 — All Wisconsin workers should be able to support their families, put food on the table, and make ends meet. This short issue brief describes how state lawmakers can make common-sense reforms that support workers and boost the economy and narrow the divide in our state—a divide that disproportionately causes economic hardship for families of color.

Creating a More Equitable Tax Code

February 1, 2019 — Wisconsin’s tax system is a major driver of economic inequality and contributes to the increasing concentration of income and wealth in a few hands—hands that are most likely to be white, due to a long history of racial discrimination. This short report outlines options for using tax policy to help expand opportunity and enhance racial equity.

Governor Evers to Propose Measure Breaking Down Barriers to Driver Licenses

January 14, 2019 — Governor Evers has said he will include a measure in his budget proposal that broadens access to driver licenses, making it easier for immigrant parents and workers to make ends meet and provide supportive homes for their children. Breaking down barriers to licenses would also bring broad-based benefits to Wisconsin’s economy and boost communities and businesses across the state.

The Contributions of Immigrants in Wisconsin are Critical to Shared Prosperity

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.

Pulling Apart 2017: Focus on Wisconsin’s 1%

August 8, 2017 — As the economy grows, the gains are concentrated on the state’s richest residents. Inequality is on the rise, both nationally and in Wisconsin. Over the last 40 years, Wisconsin’s richest residents have experienced dramatic increases in income, yet the rest of the state’s residents have experienced little or no income growth. This widening chasm between the very highest earners and everyone else poses hardships for Wisconsin’s families, businesses, and communities.

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