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

Lottery Property Tax Credits Decline in 2015

New Report Analyzes Legal Gambling in Wisconsin

June 15, 2016

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The Wisconsin Lottery generated $155.6 million in 2015 to help reduce property taxes on residential properties. That amount was less than the $171.4 million and $166.5 million generated in 2013 and 2014, respectively, according to a new report, “Has Legal Gambling Plateaued in Wisconsin? Evidence From the State Lottery and Tribal Gaming,” from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

School Districts Using New Way to Exceed State Revenue Limits

147 Districts Have Spent $138 Million Over "Caps" Since 2009

May 9, 2016

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Since 2009, 147 school districts have spent $138 million above state-imposed revenue limits without approval of referendum voters. This is the key finding of an analysis from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) released today in its biweekly Focus newsletter.

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

Wisconsin’s Fiscal Health Improves, But Still Lags Most States

WISTAX Uses Official Financial Statements to Measure Fiscal Health During 2002-15

April 17, 2016

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MADISON—The state’s announced restructuring of more than $100 million of debt to shift expenditures into the future raises a question asked often over the past 15 years: How fiscally healthy is Wisconsin? There is no need for the debt push-off if the state has adequate reserves or cash on hand. The answer comes in a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “The Ups and Downs of State Fiscal Health,” which draws mainly on information from the state’s official financial statements.

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