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Todd A. Berry or David Callender
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Wisconsin Income Tax Burdens Rank Highest Over “Broad Middle-Income” Range

State Places 10th Highest at $100,000, 32nd at $20,000

April 11, 2017

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MADISON—With tax season fresh in mind, many residents know that Wisconsin’s individual income tax ranks relatively high among the states, 12th highest according to available federal figures. What is not well known is that rank varies depending on taxpayer income from as high as 10th to as low as 32nd. A new analysis from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) shows that middle-income filers with taxable incomes between $50,000 and $150,000 are particularly affected.

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Todd A. Berry or Dale Knapp
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

“Little-Known” Taxes Generate Billions for Federal, State and Local Governments

New WISTAX Report Highlights Taxes Consumers Don’t Notice

March 30, 2017

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MADISON—As Wisconsin’s weather starts to warm, thoughts turn to summer vacation. However, few residents realize they pay hundreds of dollars per person each year in “hidden” taxes, many tied to those vacations. “Uncovering “Hidden” Taxes,” a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), sheds light on many of these charges, including those on fishing and hunting equipment, driving, and hotels. The report also discusses a newer form of hidden taxes, those included on phone bills. Now in its 85th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.
 

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Todd A. Berry or David Callender
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Proposed 2017-19 State Budget Leaves Lawmakers with Choice on Surplus

Will They Spend Or Save?

March 8, 2017

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MADISON—Lawmakers starting to work on Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) proposed 2017-19 state budget will face many choices over the next few months. Key among them is whether to spend most of a projected $453 million surplus and other new revenues on popular programs or to use a portion of the money to shore up the state against potential economic downturns.

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Todd A. Berry or Dale Knapp
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Voters Approved $1.35 Billion in School Borrowing Last Year

Approval Rates of School Referenda Highest Ever

March 6, 2017

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In 2016, voters in 54 Wisconsin school districts approved $1.35 billion in borrowing for new construction projects. That amount was the highest in at least 25 years and about 30% greater than the inflation-adjusted $1.04 billion approved in 1996, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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Todd A. Berry or David Callender
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Proposed State Budget Relies on Surplus Now, Revenue Growth Later to Boost New Spending

WISTAX Report Sheds Light on Long-Term State Finances

February 23, 2017

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Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) proposed 2017-19 budget offers a mix of good news and bad news. The good is that it projects increased state revenues and decreased Medicaid costs, a big driver of state spending in recent years. The not-so good is that it spends all new revenues and more, leaving the state with a minimal balance in two years.

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