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

Wisconsin’s State-Local Tax Burden Edges Down in 2017

December 5, 2017

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Wisconsin’s overall state-local tax burden again declined last year, though the drop was due mainly to two specific events, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). In a new report—“A Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?”—WISTAX cits as primary reasons for the drop a 19% decline in unemployment insurance taxes due to a strengthening economy, and the elimination of the 0.5% Brown County sales tax that paid for renovations of Lambeau Field. WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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

Spending in New State Budget Diverges From Recent Trends

But Some Old Habits Continue

November 20, 2017

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MADISON—Planned spending in the recently enacted 2017-19 state budget departs from recent patterns in two important ways. First, general fund expenditures rise 8.8% over the two years, the largest biennial increase since 2009-11 (12.1%). Second, much of the increase is for school aid, which has grown less in recent years. K-12 aid will grow 8.3% over two years, the largest biennial jump since 2005-07 (9.0%). These are two important findings from a new review of the 2017-19 state budget, “Decisions Made, Questions Deferred,” from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

‘Checks and Balances,’ Dispersed Power Mark State and Local Governments

Wisconsin Governments Follow Historical Patter

November 7, 2017

MADISON—A recent survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that only 26% of American could name all three branches of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—and one-third of those surveyed could not name even one branch. 

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

WISTAX and Public Policy Forum to Merge

November 1, 2017

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The Wisconsin Taxpayers Allianceand the Public Policy Forum are merging. For more than 85 years, these two highly respected organizations have shared a mission of providing informed, nonpartisan analysis of critical policy issues affecting local governments, school districts, and the State of Wisconsin. The new organization will offer increased staff capacity, broader research capabilities, and an enhanced platform to even better engage and inform policymakers and citizens.

Over the next several months, we will move forward thoughtfully to ensure we maximize the potential of the new organization while also creating a seamless transition for our stakeholders. We will continue to update this page with new information as it becomes available.

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

Statewide Employment Figures Mask Economic Challenges Facing Many Counties

North and Central Regions Struggle Post-Recession; Face Workforce Challenges Ahead

October 3, 2017

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MADISON—Despite Wisconsin adding more than 180,000 jobs since the 2007-09 recession, employment declined in 16 of the state’s 72 counties during 2009-16. A closer look at economic conditions shows 22 counties, mostly in northern and central Wisconsin, significantly lagging state averages. 

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