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

Property Values Decline for Fifth Year in a Row

Streak Unprecedented Since World War II

August 29, 2013

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MADISON—Wisconsin property values fell for the fifth year in a row, a development unprecedented since World War II, according to an analysis by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

New state figures show that the full-market, or equalized, value of taxable property in Wisconsin fell 0.8% to $467.5 billion between 2012 and 2013. WISTAX is an 81-year-old nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization dedicated to citizen education.
 

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

State, Local Government Spending Growth in Wisconsin Differed During Recession

WISTAX Analyzes New Census Figures for 2011

August 22, 2013

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MADISON—Governments in Wisconsin responded to the 2007-09 recession differently than in other states, and the difference within the state between state and local governments was even greater. That is a key finding from a Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) analysis of fiscal 2011 public expenditure figures released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau. WISTAX is an 81-year-old nonpartisan organization dedicated to policy research and citizen education.

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