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  • WISTAX, League of Wisconsin Municipalities release "State of Wisconsin's Cities and Villages"

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • FOCUS: Legislative Council committees tackle the tough issues

    When state lawmakers encounter complex issues that can’t be easily resolved during a regular session, they sometimes turn to Legislative Council study committees to develop recommendations.

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  • FOCUS: How have schools here and elsewhere weathered economic and fiscal storms?

    New Census data through 2014 shed light on K-12 expenditures. In 2002, Wisconsin spent $8,574 per pupil, 11.3% more than the U.S. ($7,701). The difference between the two was due to benefits: Wisconsin spent $2,070 per pupil, or 57% more than the nation ($1,321). In 2014, the state spent in total $11,186, or 1.6% more than the U.S. ($11,009). The state-nation gap in benefits, once over 60%, is now 12%.

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  • BLOG: School revenues to rise slightly in 2016-17

    A recent release of school aid information by the Department of Public Instruction received much press coverage. The department noted that general school aids are slated to rise $108.1 million next year, resulting in more aid for 61% of the state’s 424 public school districts. However, in the complex world of Wisconsin school finance, the increase in general aid will not mean more money for schools. Instead, they will benefit from a small increase in another aid program.

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Has Legal Gambling Plateaued in Wisconsin?

Beginning in 1965, voters in Wisconsin have approved five constitutional amendments allowing certain forms of gambling in Wisconsin. Today, the state lottery and tribal gaming generate the most revenue. Since 2001, the state lottery has relieved, on average, about 2% of residential property tax levies. While amounts fluctuate, tribes pay the state about $50 million annually to operate casinos in 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.






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