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Dale Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
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WISTAX Offers Voter Guide for Upcoming Elections

Includes Specific Questions for Candidates

August 5, 2014

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MADISON—“With state budget surpluses now being lowered, and a hike in the nation’s sixth highest gas tax a growing possibility, voters have some obvious questions to ask statewide legislative candidates over the next few months,” says Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) President Todd A. Berry. To counter misinformation that is common in multi-million-dollar political “ad wars,” WISTAX released “Issues for Voters, Questions for Candidates,” an in-depth look at key public policy issues currently facing Wisconsin.

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Todd A. Berry
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Does Outdated Personal Property Tax Deserve Reexamination?

WISTAX President Todd Berry Invited to Brief Legislators

July 31, 2014

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MADISON—The state’s slow-growing economy and aging population suggest Wisconsin will need to reexamine outdated aspects of its tax system, including the personal property tax, an expert on state finances and taxes told a special study committee at the state capitol this week.

Before statehood, virtually all land, buildings, and personal possessions in Wisconsin were subject to property taxation. But after more than 150 years of accumulating exemptions, the personal property tax is now a shadow of what it once was, Todd Berry, President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) told the Special Legislative Council Steering Committee for Personal Property Tax. WISTAX is an 82-year-old nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to research and citizen education.

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

Legislators Get Briefing on Technical Colleges from WISTAX President Todd Berry

July 24, 2014

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MADISON—The focus was property tax funding of technical colleges when Todd Berry, president of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, testified before a special Legislative Council committee at the state capitol today.

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Dale Knapp or Todd A. Berry
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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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