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- Lessons in liberty
- This is not four years ago
- Billions in federal spending in Wisconsin unaudited; results never measured
- What else are they wrong about?
- Wisconsin didn’t ‘buck national trends’
- How “Free” Federal Money Costs Wisconsinites Control Over Their Government
- Off Track: An Assessment of Wisconsin’s Early Care and Learning System for Young Children
- Common-sense Healthcare Reforms for Wisconsin
Twenty months after Congress passed a bill that rained $2.53 billion down on Wisconsin, the governor’s office in sole charge of administering the funding, as well as legislative audit and budget officials, have almost no idea of how all that money is being spent.
Approximately 30% of the revenue in Wisconsin’s current two-year budget comes from the federal government — and that doesn’t include billions and billions of dollars sent to the Badger State to ostensibly get us through the pandemic.
Reforms would expand oversight of federal funds, school and health care options, increase workforce participation.
Badger Institute Public Affairs Associate David Fladeboe submitted written testimony in favor of 2021 AB 149 before the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics on March 10, 2021.
2021 AB 149 would increase the Legislature’s role in approving the expenditure of federal funds related to COVID-19.
The Hop, a $128 million streetcar that travels a 2.1-mile loop in downtown Milwaukee, is a classic boondoggle made possible by federal grants (i.e., taxpayer money). Meanwhile, the Joseph Project, a Milwaukee transportation enterprise that rejects government funding, is helping central city residents secure good-paying manufacturing jobs in neighboring counties. With a small fleet of church vans (most of them donated), the Joseph Project creates taxpayers instead of fleecing them.
New Badger Institute book finds federal grants deprive us of our money, liberty and trust.
It would seem a simple question to ask of any public agency: How much money do you spend and on what?
‘I have to do a lot of paperwork and spend time testing my kids instead of teaching my kids’
Early childhood and special education teacher Sheila Noordzy has her hands full teaching a class of 18 3-to-5-year-old children in the Chequamegon School District in Park Falls. She often puts in long hours, partly due to federal paperwork that takes her away from working with the children. Federal requirements in special education are especially burdensome, educators tell the Badger Institute in a survey.
Funding regulations hamper districts and don’t improve education, local officials say in survey
Paperwork takes staff away from daily responsibilities and educating kids, officials say.
By Julie Grace
November 13, 2017
Effort to scrap popular Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a case study in how difficult it is to reduce spending
U.S. education secretary also plans to give them more say over federal school dollars
ESSA could offer opportunities for state to involve districts in decision-making