Category Archives: national comparisons

More questions as state budget nears

New figures from the Department of Revenue (D0R) may raise more questions about the upcoming 2017-19 state budget. Tax collections from July to November 2016 grew just 1.2% over the same period in 2015. That figure is lower than the … Continue reading

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Examining safety nets

By one measure, Wisconsin has the 16th most-generous social safety net, according to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. At $16,241 per person, average benefits in Wisconsin from 10 federal and/or state programs were higher than in … Continue reading

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Public/Private compensation

There seems to be a great interest in comparisons of government employee compensation with workers in the private sector. These comparisons are often difficult because public- and private-sector workforces differ in education, occupation, and experience—all factors that affect compensation. A … Continue reading

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