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

Statewide Property Values Grow Modestly, Changes Vary by County

Total Equalized Values up 2.6%; Still Almost 7% Below 2008 Levels

August 10, 2015

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Following a five-year decline, the current market value of all taxable property in Wisconsin rose for the second consecutive year, rising 2.4% in 2015. However, at $490.7 billion, values remain almost $25 billion below the 2008 market peak of $514.4 billion, according to a soon-to-be-released report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

Final Property Tax Figures for 2014-15 Show 2.3% Drop

As Share of Income, Tax Levels at Lowest Since 1946

July 15, 2015

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Total property taxes fell 2.3% to $9.32 billion in 2014-15, according to final levy figures recently released by the state. That was the first drop since 1996-97. These figures are from the latest report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) report, “Always on the state budget stage: The struggle to control property taxes.”

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

Wisconsin's Unseen Spending

WISTAX Highlights State Spending Hidden in Tax Code

May 14, 2015

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What if state leaders approved $500 million in new spending and never reconsidered the program? This might seem far-fetched, but it has been occurring in Wisconsin for years. And that is what motivated the latest report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “The Spending No One Sees: The Rising Cost of Wisconsin’s Tax Expenditures.” WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.
 

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

Basic State Budget Questions

March 18, 2015

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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?

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

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.  

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