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

Will State-County Tensions Lead to Rethinking The Relationship?

Tensions Grow As Revenues Stagnate and Mandates Remain

September 27, 2016

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Pressure may be building for Wisconsin to revisit the longstanding relationship between counties the state government, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The report, “County Government in Wisconsin: An Overview of Organization, Responsibilities, and Funding,” points to the growing tension between the two sides in recent decades as state aids have stagnated while program mandates have increased and state-imposed property tax limits have tightened.

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

Statewide Property Values Up 3.0% for 2016

Preliminary Figures Show Statewide Totals Still Trail Pre-Recession Peak

August 11, 2016

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The total value of taxable Wisconsin properties rose a modest 3.0% this year to $505.1 billion. However, they have still not reached their pre-recession peak recorded in 2008. This is the key finding from a Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) analysis of preliminary “equalized value” figures released by the state Department of Revenue (DOR)

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Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

WISTAX Wins National Award

Government Research Association awards most distinguished research

July 28, 2016

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The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) has received this year's award for Most Distinguished Research from the Governmental Research Association, a national association of non-profit research organizations that analyze policy at the regional and state level.

The award, given at the group's annual conference in Pittsburgh this month, recognized WISTAX for its groundbreaking 2015 report, "Evaluating Wisconsin's Approach to Determining Prevailing Wages," which examined how Wisconsin calculated prevailing wages used for public sector construction projects.

 

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Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Callender Named WISTAX Communications Director

Award-winning Journalist Joins Team of Experts

July 28, 2016

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David Callender, a veteran journalist and former government relations manager, has joined the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) as communications director.

Callender will oversee the Alliance's media relations, civic education, and public outreach efforts, as well as contribute to its online and print publications.

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

Wisconsin School Spending Remains Above National Average

Census Bureau Data Show the Gap Narrowing

July 13, 2016

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MADISON—Wisconsin continues to spend more per pupil on K-12 education than the national average, but that difference declined to 1.6% in 2014, according to a new report, “How Have Schools Here and Elsewhere Weathered Economic and Fiscal Storms?” from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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