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

School Districts More Likely to Seek Temporary, Rather Than Permanent Revenue Cap Relief

WISTAX Study: Voters Approve More Than Half of All “Nonrecurring” Referenda

March 18, 2014

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MADISON—During 2009-13, Wisconsin school districts held 204 referenda to exceed state-imposed revenue limits, with only 39, or less than 20%, asking to exceed them permanently (through recurring referenda). That was a reversal from 1994-98 when about four in five referenda were recurring. In a new report, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) explains the shift is likely due to public preferences. On average, voters approve about one-third of permanent (recurring) referenda, but more than half of temporary (nonrecurring) ones. WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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Stephanie Rubin or Todd A. Berry
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Wisconsin Ranked 12th in Per Capita Local Police Spending

Local Law Enforcement Spending is Above National Average, Officer Count Below

March 5, 2014

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MADISON—Wisconsin local governments ranked 12th of the 50 states in per capita police spending, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In full-time officers relative to population, however, Wisconsin ranked 23rd. A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, "Investigating Local Law Enforcement," takes a closer look at how these numbers add up. WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

State Population Shifts Pose Challenges for Wisconsin Economy

February 13, 2014

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MADISON—Wisconsin’s aging population and stagnating numbers of young people presents difficult hurdles for the future of the state and its economy.

That was the message from Todd A. Berry, President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development.

 

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

Is the County Sales Tax Still A Reliable Revenue Source?

WISTAX Research Suggests Reliance on Tax Leaves Some Counties Financially Vulnerable

January 27, 2014

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MADISON—When the optional county sales tax was first used in the mid-1980s, it was thought to be a reliable new source of revenue that would help reduce local property taxes. After nearly 30 years, many of the 62 counties using the tax have found it may have come up short of expectations, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The study, “The County Sales Tax: Is It Still a Reliable Revenue Source?” focuses on county-by-county collections during 2000-12 to determine whether or not the tax remains a reliable source of revenue. A previous WISTAX study showed the sales tax reduced property taxes in a few counties, but funded additional spending in most. WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 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

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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