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Todd A. Berry or Dale Knapp
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Wisconsin Spends 40% of State Taxes and Fees on Property Tax Relief

Questions Remain on Effectiveness of State Relief Efforts

May 22, 2017

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MADISON—Last year, the state spent $9.8 billion, or 40% of all state taxes and fees, to reduce property taxes. The spending included state aid to local governments, direct property tax credits on December tax bills, and selected income tax credits. A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “Wisconsin’s Many Forms of Property Tax Relief,” details amounts spent and explores the effectiveness of each type of relief. Now in its 85th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.

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

Wisconsin Prison Population, Spending Ticks Up Again

Inmates More Likely to Be Older, Serving Longer Terms for Violent Crimes

May 1, 2017

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MADISON—After a brief decline, Wisconsin’s prison inmate population has begun to grow again, raising the prospect of increasing costs for taxpayers and renewed pressures on state finances, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). Now in its 85th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.  

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

Wisconsin Income Tax Burdens Rank Highest Over “Broad Middle-Income” Range

State Places 10th Highest at $100,000, 32nd at $20,000

April 11, 2017

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MADISON—With tax season fresh in mind, many residents know that Wisconsin’s individual income tax ranks relatively high among the states, 12th highest according to available federal figures. What is not well known is that rank varies depending on taxpayer income from as high as 10th to as low as 32nd. A new analysis from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) shows that middle-income filers with taxable incomes between $50,000 and $150,000 are particularly affected.

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

“Little-Known” Taxes Generate Billions for Federal, State and Local Governments

New WISTAX Report Highlights Taxes Consumers Don’t Notice

March 30, 2017

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MADISON—As Wisconsin’s weather starts to warm, thoughts turn to summer vacation. However, few residents realize they pay hundreds of dollars per person each year in “hidden” taxes, many tied to those vacations. “Uncovering “Hidden” Taxes,” a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), sheds light on many of these charges, including those on fishing and hunting equipment, driving, and hotels. The report also discusses a newer form of hidden taxes, those included on phone bills. Now in its 85th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.
 

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

Proposed 2017-19 State Budget Leaves Lawmakers with Choice on Surplus

Will They Spend Or Save?

March 8, 2017

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MADISON—Lawmakers starting to work on Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) proposed 2017-19 state budget will face many choices over the next few months. Key among them is whether to spend most of a projected $453 million surplus and other new revenues on popular programs or to use a portion of the money to shore up the state against potential economic downturns.

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