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

New State Budget Continues Decade-Long Shift in Priorities

Medicaid Growth Takes Precedence Over Education, Local Aid

October 2, 2013

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MADISON—State general fund support for Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for low-income and disabled residents, will increase an average of 8.7% per year over the next two years compared to 2.2% for schools and 0.5% for county and municipal shared revenues. These numbers illustrate what has been a decade-long shift in state priorities from local assistance to Medicaid. A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “Window on the Wisconsin State Budget,” is a citizen’s guide to the new 2013-15 state budget that details this priority shift, as well as describing the budget process, spending patterns, and several unresolved issues.
 

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

The Recession Hit Wisconsin School Spending Later Than Nation

New Census Figures Show How the Recession Affected School Spending in Wisconsin and Elsewhere

September 18, 2013

MADISON—Wisconsin school spending grew 10.2% during 2008-11, compared to 2.9% nationally, according to newly available Census figures. Despite cuts to state school aid in 2010, and slower growth of school revenue limits in 2010 and 2011, Wisconsin per student spending increased 2.6% in 2010 and 3.6% in 2011. Wisconsin school spending averaged $11,774 per student in 2011, 15th highest nationally and 11.5% above the national average ($10,560).

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

Municipalities Spend More to Maintain Streets

3.8% Increase is First Since 2008

September 16, 2013

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MADISON—It was catch-up time for local street upkeep as Wisconsin municipalities emerged from the recession. Having cut street maintenance in 2009 and 2010, the state’s largest cities and villages increased expenditures 3.8% in 2011, according to state figures released earlier this year. However, the $116 per person these communities devoted to streets was still below the 2008 level ($122). These figures are part of MunicipalFacts13, an exclusive study released annually by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), an 81-year-old nonpartisan organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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Todd A. Berry or Sharon Schmeling
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Wisconsin Civics Education Gets a Boost

WISTAX Launches New Teaching Effort to Improve Citizenship

September 9, 2013

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MADISON—As students dig into a fresh school year, they are being greeted by a new Wisconsin civics curriculum that aims to help improve citizenship across the state.

With the recent release of The Framework of Your Wisconsin Government textbook, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) is continuing decades of effort to foster civil dialogue and cooperation in state and local government and politics.

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

New Report Card: State Economy Makes Positive Moves, More Progress Needed

Wisconsin’s Competitive Position is Tracked, Compared To Neighboring States

September 6, 2013

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MADISON—Wisconsin’s current unemployment rate (6.9%) is shrinking faster than the nation’s (8.1%). The state’s median household income extended its lead over the U.S. from 2.2% to 4.0%, according to latest available figures (2011). And, spending on research and development grew faster here (41%) than nationally (21%) during 2005-10.
 

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