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

Total State-Local Taxes Rise, But Fall As Share of Income

Rising Federal Collections Increases Total Wisconsin Tax Burden

December 18, 2014

MADISON—While Wisconsin’s state-local tax burden fell from 11.3% to 11.1% of personal income in 2014, the total tax burden rose from 30.4% to 31.3% of income due to increases in federal tax collections. This is the key finding of a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “Total Taxes in Wisconsin, 2014.” The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) is a nonpartisan organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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

Influencing Wisconsin Government Starts With Budget

WISTAX Offers People's Guide to State Budget

December 3, 2014

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MADISON—Work on the state’s new budget for 2015-17 is underway. More than in most states, Wisconsin’s two-year budget is a “catch-all.” Over 1,000 pages long, it covers not only taxes and spending but a variety of other issues ranging from schools and higher education to prisons, health care, and transportation. It even includes items that in other states would be considered as separate bills.

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

Wisconsin Property Tax Myths Dispelled

New WISTAX Report Helps Property Owners Understand Changes in Tax Bills

November 13, 2014

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With property tax bills arriving soon, some taxpayers will again be surprised by unexpected changes in the amount of tax owed. “Often, these surprises are rooted in community-held myths about the property tax,” notes Todd Berry, President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). A new WISTAX report, “Navigating the Property Tax,” dispels some of them and explains in lay terms how unexpected changes in individual tax bills can occur. WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and citizen education.

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

Wisconsin School Spending Changes Match U.S. During 2008-12

Badger State Cut Spending in 2012 While Other States Saw Earlier Reductions

September 8, 2014

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MADISON—Per student spending by Wisconsin’s public schools declined 6.2% in 2012 from $11,774 to $11,042. However, Wisconsin’s retrenchment was not unique, according to a new study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). Another 19 states reduced spending in 2012, while some made cuts during the recession; six in 2009, 15 in 2010, and 21 in 2011. The new report, “How Have Schools Fared? Wisconsin vs. U.S.,” examines public school spending and revenues among the 50 states during and after the 2007-09 recession. WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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

As Students Return, State Gets Report Card

Annual WISTAX-CWI Study Analyzes Wisconsin’s Competitive Position

September 5, 2014

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MADISON—As schools open and thoughts return to tests and grades, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) has released the only “report card” that annually benchmarks the state’s performance. Among the report’s findings, employment has grown steadily since 2010 and the unemployment rate is down about two points since peaking in 2009. WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education since 1932.

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