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

State-Local Tax Burden Falls in 2013

Yet, Hike in Federal Collections Raises Total Wisconsin Tax Burden

January 6, 2014

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MADISON—With state and local tax collections growing less than incomes, Wisconsin’s state-local tax burden fell from 11.5% to 11.3% of personal income in 2013. However, a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), "Gauging Wisconsin’s 2013 Taxes," shows that the total tax burden rose from 29.4% to 29.7% of income due to increases in federal tax collections. The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (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

New Year Advisory: Beware of Surplus, Deficit Claims

An Op-Ed by Todd A. Berry, President, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

December 30, 2013

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MADISON—Perhaps no word in 2014 state politics will be more used and abused than the word "deficit." Voters, beware.

 

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

Does a College Degree Still Pay?

WISTAX Study Explores Obstacles Facing Many College Students

December 13, 2013

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MADISON—With Wisconsin college graduates confronting a weak job market and student loan debt now exceeding 65% of average annual earnings, some families are asking a question rarely asked since the 1970s: Does a college degree “pay?” A new study from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) explores that question, paying particular attention to the obstacles Wisconsin youth face in earning a degree and enjoying a return on their investment. Now in its 81st year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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

School Property Tax Increase Averages 0.8%

County (1.2%) and Technical College (1.3%) Levies Close Behind

December 9, 2013

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MADISON—On this December’s property tax bills, statewide school levies are rising 0.8%, while county (1.2%) and technical college district (1.3%) levies are close behind, according to new reports from the nonpartisan, nonprofit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

Per Student School Spending Rises 1.1% in 2012-13

WISTAX’s SchoolFacts13 Provides Comprehensive School Information

December 3, 2013

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MADISON—Following a more than 6% decline in 2011-12 (2012), per student school spending rose 1.1% to $12,002 in 2013. Total spending climbed 1.3% to $10.3 billion. These and other important facts about Wisconsin’s public schools are detailed in SchoolFacts13, the annual reference guide from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). For every school district in the state, SchoolFacts provides a wide range of information on spending, revenue, enrollment, staffing, and test scores. Now in its 81st year, WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.

 

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