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Outsourcing Outrages

State leaders have proposed to end the existing requirement for proposals that privatize public functions to show cost-benefit advantages and report on results for Department of Transportation projects over $25,000.  Privatization in other states has sometimes saved the public money, but has often led to huge losses and other problems. Politicians may be enticed by the short-term cash offered by privatization, but citizens of Wisconsin deserve to know that there will not be larger long-term losses.

 

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News Release | Budget

Taxpayer Protections at Risk

As the Wisconsin state senate and assembly consider bills removing the requirement for cost benefit analyses for all WISDOT projects over $25,000, a new WISPIRG report finds that numerous government ventures in privatizing or outsourcing public work have ended up being a bad deal for taxpayers and costing more in the long run.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Tax

Amendment Passes to Crack Down on Offshore Tax Cheats

The U.S. Senate took the first step toward reining in rampany offshore tax dodging on March 8 by approving an amendment to the Transportation bill introduced by Senators Carl Levin and Kent Conrad that would crack down on offshore tax cheats.

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Report | WISPIRG Foundation, Demos | Democracy

Auctioning Democracy

Results of Dēmos and U.S. PIRG Education Fund analysis of Federal Election Commission data on Super PACs from their advent in 2010 through the end of 2011.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

Wisconsin Mayors, WISPIRG Applaud Congressman Petri’s Vote Against House Transportation Bill

With the House Ways and Means Committee proposal to deprive mass transit of a dedicated funding source moving out of committee in the last 2 weeks, Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) stood up for transit and its importance to local communities across Wisconsin by voting against the House Transportation Bill.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Tax

Wisconsin Taxpayers Footing a $100 Billion Bill for Tax Dodgers

While a lot of attention is given on Tax Day to how tax dollars are spent, one watchdog group is instead focused on the revenue lost every year – $100 billion – thanks to loopholes, tax avoidance and tax cheats. Each year, major corporations and individuals avoid as much as $100 billion a year in federal taxes by “off-shoring” the money they make here in the U.S. or by setting up sham headquarters in tax haven countries. Taxpayers are left footing the bill.

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News Release | WISPIRG Foundation | Budget

Wisconsin Earns “F” in New Report on Transparency of Government Spending

Wisconsin got a “F” when it comes to openness about government spending, according to Following the Money: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, a new report by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG).

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News Release | WISPIRG | Health Care

Final Health Bill Report Card

The final health care bill, incorporating both the Senate health reform bill and the amendments announced March 18th, earns an A- for its all-around cost containment provisions.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Health Care

WISPIRG Statement on House Passage of Health Reform

The passage of health reform last night is a huge step forward for Wisconsin. It could not have happened if Wisconsin Representatives like Ron Kind and Steve Kagen had not put Wisconsin interests ahead of powerful Washington lobbies like the health insurance industry.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

March 16 Marks "Transportation Freedom Day" for Metro Madison

On March 16, Madison residents celebrate Transportation Freedom Day, the date a typical area household has earned enough to cover its annual transportation costs.

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