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Dale J. Knapp or Todd A. Berry
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Wisconsin School Spending Outpaced Most States During Recession

WISTAX Examines 2009-10 School Spending by State

July 27, 2012

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MADISON— Despite the recession and resulting school aid cuts, Wisconsin’s K-12 school spending per pupil rose 2.6% in 2009-10, compared to 1.1% for the nation. Spending here averaged $11,364 per student, 17th highest nationally and 7.1% more than the national average ($10,615), according to a new report, “The states and school spending in a recession,” from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). Celebrating its 80th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization dedicated to citizen education.
 

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

Property Tax Relief From Lottery Declining

When Is It Time To Discuss The Lottery’s Future?

July 12, 2012

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MADISON— The tax relief that the state lottery delivers is slowly declining relative to property taxes and will continue to do so, according to new research from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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Dale J. Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
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Wisconsin Municipalities Restrain Expenditure Growth for Second Consecutive Year

Operating Spending Rises 1.3%, Debt Up 3.5%

June 26, 2012

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MADISON—Municipal spending restraint was evident in a new study of 243 major cities and villages. After declining in 2009 for the first time in more than a decade, municipal spending rose just 1.3% in 2010, well below the 4.2% average annual increase during 2000-08. Debt in the state’s most populous cities and villages (excluding Milwaukee and Madison) was up 3.5%, the second-smallest increase in a decade. These findings are part of MunicipalFacts12, an exclusive new study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) of municipal finance during 2006 through 2010. For 80 years, WISTAX has been devoted to nonpartisan public-policy research and citizen education.

See data table for additional spending figures: http://wistax.org/facts/municipalities

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

Tax on Tourists Approaches $70 Million Annually

State’s Only Report on Room Tax Rates, Collections, and Distributions

June 11, 2012

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MADISON—Wisconsin room tax collections total nearly $70 million annually, yet little is known about how those funds are spent. State law requires, with some exceptions, a percentage of room taxes be used for tourism promotion and development efforts, though, use of funds is determined locally. An exclusive new study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), "Room Taxes and Tourism Development," offers a detailed look at room tax collections, rates, and distributions.

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

Tourism Spending Generates More Than $1 Billion in State-Local Tax Revenues

Supports Over 150,000 Wisconsin Jobs

May 30, 2012

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MADISON—In 2011, tourists spent nearly $10 billion in Wisconsin, supporting more than 150,000 jobs and generating over $1 billion in state-local tax revenues. Tourism’s role in the state economy is reviewed in a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “Vacationing in Wisconsin.” Now celebrating its 80th year, WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.

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