Press Releases

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

K-12 Education Largest State-Local Government “Program”

WISTAX Examines School Revenues, Spending

November 16, 2016

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At more than $11 billion, K-12 education is Wisconsin’s largest state-local government “program.” Yet, because of the mind-numbing complexity of school finance, few residents fully understand how K-12 education is funded, or how schools spend tax dollars. “Getting to the Heart of School Finance,” a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), explains the basics of Wisconsin school finance. WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to citizen education.

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

Rising Debt Costs, Local Street Conditions Overlooked in Transportation Debate

Debt Costs Soon to Exceed 22% of State Transportation Fund

October 12, 2016

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Wisconsin’s ongoing transportation finance debate has mostly centered on whether to raise gas taxes and fees or delay projects, but new analyses from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) point to several issues that have been largely overlooked. Now celebrating its 85th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to citizen education.

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

Rising Debt Costs, Local Street Conditions Overlooked in Transportation Debate

Debt Costs Soon to Exceed 22% of State Transportation Fund

October 12, 2016

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Wisconsin’s ongoing transportation finance debate has mostly centered on whether to raise gas taxes and fees or delay projects, but new analyses from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) point to several issues that have been largely overlooked. Now celebrating its 85th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to citizen education.

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

Will State-County Tensions Lead to Rethinking The Relationship?

Tensions Grow As Revenues Stagnate and Mandates Remain

September 27, 2016

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Pressure may be building for Wisconsin to revisit the longstanding relationship between counties the state government, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The report, “County Government in Wisconsin: An Overview of Organization, Responsibilities, and Funding,” points to the growing tension between the two sides in recent decades as state aids have stagnated while program mandates have increased and state-imposed property tax limits have tightened.

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

Use of TIF"Main Municipal Development Tool"Continues to Grow

But Nearly 9% of TIF Districts Now Distressed

September 15, 2016

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Tax incremental financing (TIF)—the main development tool of Wisconsin cities and villages—has grown from 534 TIF districts in 1994 to 1,212 in 2015. While most TIFs are successful, local governments have designated 106, or 8.7% of the total, as either distressed or severely distressed. This indicates that district tax collections do not cover district costs.

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