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Dale Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
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More to Tax Rankings Than Meets the Eye

WISTAX Study Shows How Major Taxes Here Vary by Taxpayer, Place

June 23, 2014

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MADISON—Wisconsin’s income tax claims a greater share of income than all but 10 of the 41 states with a general income tax, according to federal figures. But, a new study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “State Tax Rankings: Digging a Little Deeper,” finds that rank can actually range from as high as seventh to as low as 33rd, depending on filer income. 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

Municipal Property Taxes Rise 2.0%, Outpacing Schools and Counties

Net Property Tax Collections Increase 1.4% to $9.86 Billion

June 9, 2014

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MADISON—With an increase of 2.0% over last year, municipal property taxes collected in 2014 will outpace growth in other local government levies. By type of municipality, town levies are rising 2.2%, slightly more than cities (2.0%) and villages (1.8%). These findings come from a Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) review of preliminary property tax figures released last month.

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

Municipal Property Taxes Rise 2.0%, Outpacing Schools and Counties

Net Property Tax Collections Increase 1.4% to $9.86 Billion

June 9, 2014

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MADISON—With an increase of 2.0% over last year, municipal property taxes collected in 2014 will outpace growth in other local government levies. By type of municipality, town levies are rising 2.2%, slightly more than cities (2.0%) and villages (1.8%). These findings come from a Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) review of preliminary property tax figures released last month.

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

Wisconsin State and Local Debt Situation Moderating?

WISTAX Study Shows Signs of Improvement in Wisconsin Borrowing

June 5, 2014

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MADISON—While federal debt amounts continue to climb, Wisconsin’s state-local debt load is showing some signs of stabilizing. A new report from Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “A Closer Look At Public Debt: With Federal Debt Rising, How is Wisconsin Doing?” shows that combined state-local debt grew 0.3% in 2012-13 (2013), its smallest increase since 2008. 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

In-Migration of Skilled Workers Needed to Spur State Economy

Slowing Number of Births Poses Challenge

May 22, 2014

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MADISON—With baby boomers retiring and state workforce growth stagnating, attracting people to Wisconsin to meet future labor needs will become increasingly important if the Wisconsin economy is to grow. That is the bottom line of a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “To spur the economy, Wisconsin will have to import . . . people!”

“The unfortunate reality for Wisconsin is that for the next several decades, our population will not grow much due to natural causes,” WISTAX President Todd A. Berry said. “Birth numbers will increase little, while the number of baby boomers passing away will rise.”
 

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