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Wisconsin Pensions: Better Than Other States, But Still Insolvent

Bob Williams | Posted 08.20.2016 | Politics
Bob Williams

Unlike most states, Wisconsin pensions do not have automatic yearly increases, whether by edict or through cost of living adjustments (COLA). Most other states utilize these tools, leading to much larger shortfalls. Wisconsin, on the other hand, ties payouts to investment returns.

Is Bankruptcy Right For Our Municipal Governments?

Mike Barnhart | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business
Mike Barnhart

Local leaders and citizens need to be aware of the municipal bankruptcy process and what it means to their community. Unless government officials learn to exercise budget control, more and more municipalities may face the prospect of bankruptcy.

Bringing the Constitution Back to Congress

Bob Williams | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Bob Williams

If change doesn't occur rapidly, then the federal government supply of money will dry up and states will have to deal with a big cut in one of their largest sources of funds.

Michigan Voters Send Message to Nation: No Means No!

Bob Williams | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Bob Williams

The lesson from the Michigan election this year to fiscal rights advocates all over America is that effective popular control over taxing and spending is possible, but it requires continuous, ongoing voter education and sustained effort to boost turnout.

Americans Babies Born Into More Than $13,000 Of Debt

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 10.02.2012 | Money

To every proud new parent, your bundle of joy already owes more than $13,000. Babies born today arrive in the red when it comes to state debt, a new r...

Decades of Increased State Spending on Public Education Yield Scant Results

Bob Williams | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Bob Williams

Despite pumping billions of dollars into public schools for more than 40 years, the most recent data show a public education system that cannot turn money alone into positive results.

10 States With Enormous Debt Problems

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2012 | Business

Aug 28 (Reuters) - America's 50 state governments owe $4.19 trillion, including outstanding bonds, unfunded pension commitments and budget gaps, acc...

10 States With The Highest Debt Per Person

Reuters/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - The total of U.S. state debt, including pension liabilities, could surpass $4 trillion, with California owing the most and Vermont owing ...