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

“Hole-ly Swiss Cheese:” Wisconsin’s Personal Property Tax

Fair or Unfair? Efficient, Cumbersome, or Just Outdated?

February 1, 2016

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What if a grocer’s manual meat department scale was taxed but its electronic one attached to a computerized cash register was not? What if a Main Street business owner paid tax on a desk in her gift shop but not on the same desk in her home? As surprising as it may seem, this is Wisconsin law, according to a new report, “The Property Tax No One Knows,” from researchers at the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

Simple Gifts Wisconsin Politicians Could Give the People

December 17, 2015

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On “slow” news days during this time of year, journalists sometimes resort to suggesting tongue-in-cheek gifts for public officials. Here, the practice is turned on its ear, and state politicians are offered simple gift-giving ideas.

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

Is Social Security’s First Crisis Next Year?

October 19, 2015

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Next year at this time an event many politicians assure us is far in the future is expected to occur: One of the two funds comprising Social Security ― Disability Insurance (DI) ― will be depleted.

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

Revenue, Enrollment, Aid Trends Changed from 1990s

Decades of Small Changes Have Big Effect on School Finances

September 15, 2015

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MADISON—Although changes in school finance have been small and incremental over the past two decades, the cumulative effect is that in 2015 it bears only limited resemblance to the mid-90s, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) concludes in a new report appropriately titled “Increasing Complexity, Unplanned Change: The Story of School Finance in Wisconsin.” In it, the nonprofit, nonpartisan research group examines multi-year trends in school revenues, enrollment, state aid, and property taxes, to reach that assessment.

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Todd A. Berry or Stephanie Rubin
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Municipal Spending Resumes Growth After 2012 Declines

WISTAX Study Analyzes Post Act 10 Municipal Finances

September 9, 2015

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MADISON— After falling 3.0% in 2012, net operating spending in Wisconsin’s 244 largest cities and villages rose 2.2% in 2013 from $823 to $842 per person. These figures are from MunicipalFacts15, an exclusive annual study released by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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