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Jul 26, 2011
Category: State & Local Policy, Wisconsin

This table summarizes some of the major changes included in the 2011-2013 Wisconsin budget affecting jobs, job quality, and economic development, along with a few other Walker initiatives.

Jun 27, 2011
Category: Jobs & Skills, State & Local Policy, Jobs & Skills: Wisconsin Economy, Workers & Policy
A co-publication with Demos, Under Attack: Wisconsin’s Middle Class and the Jobs Crisis shows that Wisconsinites are facing a lack of good jobs, declining access to benefits, higher costs to raise children and decreasing access to post-secondary credentials, among other challenges. According to the briefing paper, these trends -- combined with 2011-13 cuts to education, public worker pensions, and corporate taxes -- are squeezing Wisconsin’s workers out of the middle class and moving economic opportunity and security further out of reach.
Jun 17, 2011
Category: Jobs & Skills, State & Local Policy, Jobs & Skills: Wisconsin Economy, Workers & Policy
Governor Scott Walker promised in his campaign to "create" 250,000 jobs during his first term, and his press office and the media regularly measure progress towards this goal. However, this brief says that Governor Scott Walker should not get credit (or blame) for overall jobs numbers in Wisconsin. These numbers are almost entirely driven by the national economy.
Jun 15, 2011
Category:
A review of the COWS program and the work and research it conducts.
Jun 02, 2011
Category: Transportation

Smart Transportation is the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s integrated response to the crisis of crumbling infrastructure and limited revenues to address it, and the need to better align transportation with community revitalization and sound land use policy. PennDOT was the first state program reviewed in detail by COWS' State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI), and it remains one of our prime examples of a thoughtful DOT wrestling with the challenges of fiscal austerity, sustainability, and system preservation.

 

The review was done at the request of PennDOT to assess the effectiveness of its Smart Transportation program in integrating land use and transportation in its decision-making and to identify areas of opportunity to advance the Smart Transportaion agenda.

May 19, 2011
Category: Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Values Budget is a balanced approach to our fiscal challenges that demonstrates Governor Scott Walker's choices are not necessary choices. Through sacrifice that is fairly shared, and by building on Wisconsin’s history of progressive innovation, we can maintain and further improve public structures that work for everyone. The Wisconsin Values Budget, unlike the governor’s "cuts only" approach, begins again to truly share the burden of creating a dynamic and prosperous economy that promotes opportunity, security, and freedom for all Wisconsinites.

 

View the long version (4 page) or short version (1 page) describing this alternative budget plan.

 

Lead Sponsors: Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Institute for Wisconsin’s Future, Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)

May 19, 2011
Category: Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Values Budget is a balanced approach to our fiscal challenges that demonstrates Governor Scott Walker's choices are not necessary choices. Through sacrifice that is fairly shared, and by building on Wisconsin’s history of progressive innovation, we can maintain and further improve public structures that work for everyone. The Wisconsin Values Budget, unlike the governor’s "cuts only" approach, begins again to truly share the burden of creating a dynamic and prosperous economy that promotes opportunity, security, and freedom for all Wisconsinites.

 

View the long version (4 page) or short version (1 page) describing this alternative budget plan.

 

Lead Sponsors: Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Institute for Wisconsin’s Future, Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)

May 05, 2011
Category: State & Local Policy, Wisconsin

In this brief, we offer data on public-sector workers -- their pay relative to the private-sector workforce, the size of Wisconsin's public workforce over time, and analysis of what the wage reductions in the 2011-13 budget will cost different public workers -- and data on the most most important cause of the state's budget deficit: declining revenue due to the Great Recession.

Mar 23, 2011
Category: State & Local Policy, Wisconsin
A look at why the Wisconsin retirement system is one of the healthiest in the country.
Feb 15, 2011
Category: State & Local Policy, Wisconsin
A research summary of findings by an EPI study comparing worker-compensation in the public-sector and the private-sector.