Todd A. Berry
Basic State Budget Questions
March 18, 2015Download Press Release
Gov. Scott Walker (R) recently unveiled his 2015-17 budget calling for $32 billion in general fund spending. Now, the legislature has begun its three-month review.
Beyond the controversies the budget has generated, there remain simple dollars-and-cents questions to which the public deserves answers: What is the state’s current fiscal condition? What new revenues might the state expect? To what degree is the pending budget balanced? And, will it strengthen Wisconsin’s fiscal position and reputation?
Todd A. Berry or Stephanie Rubin
Spring Voters to Decide Consitutional Amendment
How Should Chief Justice of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court be Chosen?
February 11, 2015
MADISON—In addition to a supreme court contest, a constitutional amendment is also on the April 7 ballot. The amendment would change the way that the chief justice, the “administrative head” of the supreme court, is chosen. Information on the proposed amendment, including historical background and arguments for and against, are included in a new report from Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “What’s On The Ballot? The Supreme Court.” Now in its 84th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.Read more
Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
New Legislative Directory -- Coming in mid-January 2015
Includes District Maps, Election Results, and Contact Information for Legislators
February 3, 2015Download Press Release
MADISON—After the November elections, do you know who represents you in Madison, or who chairs the legislative committee whose work particularly interests you? Do you want to know what other communities are in your senate or assembly district?Read more
Todd A. Berry or Stephanie Rubin
Technical College Funding Shifts from Local to State
State Aid Boost Reverses Long History of Local Funding
January 14, 2015Download Press Release
MADISON—Wisconsin’s technical colleges have long differed from those in most states due to their heavy reliance on local, rather than state, funding. But that changed when the state legislature increased by $406 million state aid to technical colleges to “buy down” the 2014-15 technical college property tax.
The shift toward state funding reduced local funding by about two-thirds and prompted a new Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) report, “Wisconsin’s Evolving Technical Colleges.” The report examines how the funding and governance of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) has changed over the years, and how it compares to other states. Now in its 84th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.
Dale Knapp or Todd A. Berry
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.Read more