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Four years after the arrival of COVID-19, the state of Wisconsin’s finances are the strongest on record, thanks to federal relief aid and the actions of state leaders. From ample cash reserves to low debt, the state measures up well on key fiscal metrics. But recent decisions to cut taxes and increase spending will reduce some of these advantages this year, leaving policymakers with important questions to consider in the next state budget.

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