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New Numbers, Familiar Pattern: Wisconsin Job Growth Continues to Lag National Average

New employment figures show a familiar pattern: Wisconsin is adding private-sector jobs  at a rate considerably below the national average.
In light of that persistent pattern, it comes as no surprise that the latest economic outlook report released today by the Department of Revenue indicates that Wisconsin will fall far short of the Governor’s goal of adding 250,000 private sector jobs. The Department of Revenue projects just 134,000 new jobs from 2010 to 2014.

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New Numbers, Familiar Pattern: Wisconsin Job Growth Continues to Lag National Average

New employment figures show a familiar pattern: Wisconsin is adding private-sector jobs  at a rate considerably below the national average.
In light of that persistent pattern, it comes as no surprise that the latest economic outlook report released today by the Department of Revenue indicates that Wisconsin will fall far short of the Governor’s goal of adding 250,000 private sector jobs. The Department of Revenue projects just 134,000 new jobs from 2010 to 2014.

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New Report Shows Major Corporations Based in Wisconsin Pay Little in State Income Tax

A number of large, profitable corporations in Wisconsin pay little or nothing in state corporate income tax, according to a new report. Loopholes, tax credits, and creating accounting keep the amount these corporations pay in income tax to a minimum.

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New Report Shows Major Corporations Based in Wisconsin Pay Little in State Income Tax

A number of large, profitable corporations in Wisconsin pay little or nothing in state corporate income tax, according to a new report. Loopholes, tax credits, and creating accounting keep the amount these corporations pay in income tax to a minimum.

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Wisconsin Families: Public Education Is A Civil Right

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, inspiring the nation with a soaring call for equality and unity as Americans that still resonates today. But achieving equality in the form of jobs and freedom depends on a strong public educational system available to all -- a truth reflected in the "Public Education is A Civil Right March and Rally" held recently in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Representative Mandela Barnes and Senator Chris Larson were among the hundreds of Wisconsin students, parents, educators, faith leaders, and representatives of more than 50 organizations sponsoring the event who marched together on September 21.

Budget Debates Heat Up as Sessions Wind Down

As of this week, more than half of the fifty states had already seen their 2013 legislative sessions adjourn. In many of those that are still going, budget debates are front and center as lawmakers race to the finish line. In some states, issues that had previously been pushed to the backburner are back on the front one, in others, major provisions are being inserted into the budget at the midnight hour, and everywhere, final showdowns are shaping up as sessions wind down.

Budget Politics Shift as Federal Deficit Recedes, State Surpluses Appear

This week saw the case for budget austerity at both the state and federal levels continue to rapidly fall apart. A new Congressional Budget Office report showed that the federal budget deficit problem may not actually be that much of a problem anymore, and debates over what to do with budget surpluses began to percolate in the states as treasuries started to count tax revenues that came in last month, even as the pain from sequestration cuts also continued to be felt in all fifty states:

One Million New Yorkers Set to Benefit from Paid Sick Leave

After years of debate and delay, paid sick days may soon become a reality for approximately one million New Yorkers who do not currently have access to them.

New Year Brings New Voter Suppression and Electoral Vote Schemes

Virginia's Senate leadership chose the occasion of Martin Luther King Day on Monday to push through a partisan redistricting bill, taking advantage of the absence of a legislator attending President Obama's inauguration. A separate effort in Virginia to change the way the state awards electoral votes in presidential elections ran into bipartisan opposition, even as lawmakers in other states were considering doing the same:

Michigan Anti-Worker Bill Comes Under Fire in States Across Nation

12/12/2012

Yesterday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law controversial so-called “right-to-work” legislation intended to weaken unions and which studies have shown depresses wages and lowers quality of life for all. The signing followed the rapid passage of the bill in a lame duck legislative session, and came on the same day that massive protests took place in Michigan's state Capitol. Across the nation, state lawmakers and others spoke out against the legislation, proclaiming their solidarity with workers in Michigan and promising to continue to fight against similar efforts in their states.