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Research 04/13/2022

Flush with Cash: Wisconsin’s Growing Financial Reserves

A new report titled Flush with Cash: Wisconsin’s Growing Financial Reserves released by Forward Analytics shows that the state of Wisconsin’s financial reserves totalled $4.3 billion at the end of fiscal 2021 and is growing. At 22% of annual state spending, reserves are at an all-time high.See the full report, Flush with Cash: Wisconsin’s Growing Financial Reserves, here.Total financial…

Research 12/15/2021

Slowing Down: Wisconsin’s Waning Population Growth

A new report from Forward Analytics shows that the state of Wisconsin will face challenges in the coming years due to stagnating population growth during the last decade. According to the report, Slowing Down: Wisconsin’s Waning Population Growth, the state’s population increased 3.6%, the slowest 10-year growth rate on record. This trend is being driven by a declining youth…

Research 07/13/2021

The Green Book, A Book of County Facts, 4th Edition

Forward Analytics, the research division of the Wisconsin Counties Association, has released the 4th Edition of The Green Book, A Book of County Facts. This fact book provides a wide range of information on county demographics, finances, employment, new construction, and structure. The information within each section is broken down county-by-county and includes graphics. “Wisconsin counties perform critical functions…

Research 06/08/2021

Rethinking Revenues: A National Perspective on Funding Counties

A new report from Forward Analytics, Rethinking Revenues: A National Perspective on Funding Counties, highlights some of the fiscal challenges faced by Wisconsin’s 72 counties due to a long-term shift in state spending priorities, state budget cuts, strict property tax limits, and few local revenue options — challenges that remain despite an influx of federal assistance. In 2008-2019, state…

Research 01/24/2021

The COVID Economy: The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Despite the largest federal stimulus package in history, the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been significant. A new report from Forward Analytics, The COVID Economy: The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, examines the economic damage wrought by the pandemic in Wisconsin from March through November 2020. “Wisconsin, like the rest of our nation, has been battered from…