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  • TAXPAYER: Wisconsin's Migration Challenge

    IRS figures show Wisconsinites move to other states at lower rates than residents of all but three states. However, because Wisconsin lags in attracting people, it is a net loser in migration. Weather, relatively low wages, and, in some cases taxes all play a role. The state needs to reverse this trend: Over the next 20 years, it must attract as many as 300,000 people just to maintain its current workforce.

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  • FOCUS: Raise the sales tax - or give it a holiday?

    Both the governor and republican legislators are talking about including a sales tax holiday in the next budget. In January 2014, we took a look at the cases for and against these holidays, and some of the research on their impacts.

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  • BLOG: New construction numbers revealing

    Net new construction during 2015 totaled $7.0 billion, or 1.4% of the total value of all taxable property in the state. Both figures are the highest since 2007, prior to recession. However, they lag well behind the $12 billion in new construction in 2007, which added 2.8% to property values.

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  • Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Highlights Education about Government

    WISTAX President Todd Berry talks with The Wheeler Report about the group's history, mission, and its future.

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  • WISTAX, League of Wisconsin Municipalities release

    Since the Great Recession, Wisconsin’s cities and villages have maintained critical services despite no significant increases in local or state revenue. But challenging times are just around the corner for local road systems, and Wisconsin’s smallest communities are still waiting for the economy to recover fully, according to a new report sponsored by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. The inaugural edition of “The State of Wisconsin’s Cities and Villages” is a combination of data analysis and local government survey information prepared for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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  • State budgets vulnerable to economic slowdown, forecast error

    Stable budgets depend on economic growth and accurate revenue forecasts. If a state lacks emergency reserves, an economic or political shock can lead to a deficit. New “Fed” estimates suggest a softening economy. A national survey shows that 21 states with 2015 savings equal to 10% or more of annual expenditures are at least fiscal risk. Wisconsin (2.7%) was one of six states with the smallest reserves.

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County Government in Wisconsin

Sometimes referred to as Wisconsin’s “invisible governments,” counties are little understood and often overlooked. Yet counties, which predate Wisconsin statehood, provide cradle-to-grave services that state government would otherwise have to provide through its own agencies. The county-state relationship is thus marked by tensions between their status as independent bodies and as arms of the state.

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Available Now: MunicipalFacts16. Order Yours Today!

MunicipalFacts is the state's only comprehensive factbook for Wisconsin's 244 largest cities and villages.  This 116 page, 9x12 professionally bound book contains information on spending (by category), debt, property taxes, and shared revenues, among others.  It is a must-have for municipal officials, the press, and citizens interested in how their community compares to others.  The 2016 book will be going to press soon, so order yours today by calling 608.241.9789.






New Construction Rebounding

Net new construction as % of total property values highest since pre-recession

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