Press Releases

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

WISTAX Survey: City-Village Finances Stable But Remain Long-Term Concern

Fiscal Health, Jobs, and Streets Top List of Future Challenges

September 8, 2017

MADISON— Despite state control of most local revenue sources, municipal finances are generally stable to improving, according to city and village officials surveyed by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). Now in its 86th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and citizen education.

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

State’s Per Pupil Spending Falls Below National Average as Benefit Costs Decline

August 28, 2017

As the school year begins, lawmakers have yet to agree on a new state budget for the next two years. Part of the reason for the delay is school funding, which is no surprise. School finance here is painfully complex, making it easy for politicians to manipulate school spending figures to score partisan points.  

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

Despite Increases, Property Values Continue to Lag in 29 Counties

Residential Market Still Slow to Rebound

August 21, 2017

MADISON—The total value of Wisconsin property reached its highest level this year, but more than a third of the state’s 72 counties have yet to exceed their 2008 values, according to a new report by 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

Amid Healthcare Squabbles, Approaching Retirement, Economic Crises Go Unnoticed

Todd A. Berry, President, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

August 7, 2017

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MADISON— While the media were preoccupied with the fate of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), important news about Social Security, Medicare, and an impending federal debt crisis went unreported.

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