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

Voters Approved $1.35 Billion in School Borrowing Last Year

Approval Rates of School Referenda Highest Ever

March 6, 2017

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In 2016, voters in 54 Wisconsin school districts approved $1.35 billion in borrowing for new construction projects. That amount was the highest in at least 25 years and about 30% greater than the inflation-adjusted $1.04 billion approved in 1996, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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Todd A. Berry or David Callender
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Proposed State Budget Relies on Surplus Now, Revenue Growth Later to Boost New Spending

WISTAX Report Sheds Light on Long-Term State Finances

February 23, 2017

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Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) proposed 2017-19 budget offers a mix of good news and bad news. The good is that it projects increased state revenues and decreased Medicaid costs, a big driver of state spending in recent years. The not-so good is that it spends all new revenues and more, leaving the state with a minimal balance in two years.

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

State-Local Tax Burden 16th Highest, But Lowest Since 1962

New WISTAX Report Also Shows Shift in State-Local Relationship

February 14, 2017

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New U.S. Census figures show Wisconsin’s state-local tax burden was 10.8% of personal income in 2014, 16th highest in the nation but the lowest since 1962. Total state-local expenditures, funded with taxes, fees, and federal aids, claimed 20.1% of income and ranked 21st. These are two key findings in a new Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) report, “Big Changes Happen Slowly.” 

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

New Legislature Has Few New Faces, More Experience

WISTAX Takes A Look At New State Senate, Assembly

February 2, 2017

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MADISON—Following one of the “greenest” legislatures in years, the new 2017-18 state senate and assembly have few new faces, and thus more experience dealing with major state issues. Their experience will be tested almost immediately as lawmakers use their first six months reviewing and remaking the governor’s proposed state budget for 2017-19.

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Todd A. Berry or David Callender
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Lifting the Veil on Wisconsin’s State Budget Process

Column by WISTAX President Todd A. Berry

February 1, 2017

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WISTAX President Todd Berry explains Wisconsin's state budget process and its importance to state residents.

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