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Dale J. Knapp or Todd A. Berry
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Reduced Revenue Limits Push School Spending Down 5.4% in 2011-12

WISTAX’s SchoolFacts12 Provides Comprehensive School Information

October 25, 2012

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MADISON—Wisconsin public schools budgeted to spend $10.28 billion in 2011-12, or 5.4% less than in 2010-11. Expenditures per student dropped 5.1%, from $12,660 to $12,012. The decline was due largely to a 5.5% reduction in state-imposed revenue limits enacted in the 2011-13 state budget. These and other important facts about Wisconsin’s public schools are detailed in SchoolFacts12, 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.

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

State Spending Rises, Local Spending Falls During Recent Recession

New Census Figures Point to Federal Stimulus, State Tax Hikes, Medicaid as Reasons

October 11, 2012

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MADISON— Wisconsin state and local governments fared very differently during the recent recession, according to just-released Census information analyzed by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). Despite the protracted recession and slow recovery, state expenditures climbed a surprising 7.2% in 2010, while local spending fell 0.7%. This came on the heels of a similar pattern in 2009 when spending rose 11.4% at the state level but only 1.0% locally.

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

New Fed Figures for 2010 Show Wisconsin Taxes 9th Highest Nationally

Taxes as Percent of Income Rise to 11.7%, Rank Unchanged

September 26, 2012

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MADISON— U.S. Census figures released Wednesday show that state-local taxes in Wisconsin claimed 11.7% of personal income in fiscal 2010 (2009-10), ninth highest among the states, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) reported today. During the prior year, Wisconsin taxes claimed 11.2% of income, and were also ninth highest. WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to citizen education.

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

Most Wisconsin High School Graduates Not Prepared for College

Minority Students Lag Significantly

September 25, 2012

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MADISON—Only 31% of Wisconsin’s 2012 high school graduates are prepared to succeed in four common courses taken by college freshman, according to ACT, the Iowa testing firm. Minorities fared worse, with only 3% of African-Americans and 13% of Hispanics college-ready in the four courses. A new report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), "College and career readiness need work," reviews ACT’s evaluation of student performance in 2012. Celebrating its 80th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 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

Statewide, School District Reserves Continue to Climb

Though Some Districts See Falling Fund Balances

September 13, 2012

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MADISON— Total school district surpluses in Wisconsin reached $1.86 billion at the end of the 2010-11 school year, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

This continues an upward trend that began in 2003, when those combined "fund balances" stood at $1.20 billion. Since then, districts have increased their combined reserves an average of 5.6% per year. They rose 6.1%, from $1.76 billion to $1.86 billion, during 2011.

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