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

Job Growth in South Central, Western Wisconsin Outpaces Rest of State

WISTAX study highlights long-term, regional variations in the economy

November 18, 2013

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MADISON—A new study of the Wisconsin economy suggests that the focus on statewide employment trends may be misplaced, due to major regional differences over the past 13 years. The state’s total job count fell 1.4% during 2000-12, but employment rose 6.4% in south central and 5.0% in western Wisconsin, while falling 5.7% in the populous southeast. The new Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) study, “A Closer Look At Wisconsin’s Economy,” explores changes in employment and other economic indicators at the regional and county levels since 2000. WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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