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Dale Knapp or David Callender
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Property Taxes Estimated to Rise 1.8% Statewide This Year

1.1% Net Increase Projected After State Credits

December 29, 2017

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MADISON—Property taxes in Wisconsin are projected to rise 1.8% statewide this year, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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Dale Knapp or David Callender
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Property Taxes Estimated to Rise 1.8% Statewide This Year

1.1% Net Increase Projected After State Credits

December 29, 2017

MADISON—Property taxes in Wisconsin are projected to rise 1.8% statewide this year, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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

Wisconsin’s State-Local Tax Burden Edges Down in 2017

December 5, 2017

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Wisconsin’s overall state-local tax burden again declined last year, though the drop was due mainly to two specific events, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). In a new report—“A Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?”—WISTAX cits as primary reasons for the drop a 19% decline in unemployment insurance taxes due to a strengthening economy, and the elimination of the 0.5% Brown County sales tax that paid for renovations of Lambeau Field. WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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

Spending in New State Budget Diverges From Recent Trends

But Some Old Habits Continue

November 20, 2017

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MADISON—Planned spending in the recently enacted 2017-19 state budget departs from recent patterns in two important ways. First, general fund expenditures rise 8.8% over the two years, the largest biennial increase since 2009-11 (12.1%). Second, much of the increase is for school aid, which has grown less in recent years. K-12 aid will grow 8.3% over two years, the largest biennial jump since 2005-07 (9.0%). These are two important findings from a new review of the 2017-19 state budget, “Decisions Made, Questions Deferred,” from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

‘Checks and Balances,’ Dispersed Power Mark State and Local Governments

Wisconsin Governments Follow Historical Patter

November 7, 2017

MADISON—A recent survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that only 26% of American could name all three branches of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—and one-third of those surveyed could not name even one branch. 

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