Press Releases

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

State Income Tax Has Unintended Consequences

WISTAX Looks at Overwithholding, Unlegislated Tax Hikes, and More

April 9, 2012

Download Press Release

MADISON—As the 2012 income tax season ends, many filers would probably agree that it may be time to add the Wisconsin income tax to Ripley’s “Believe It or Not.” Explains Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) President Todd A. Berry, “Years of piecemeal change, often driven by the narrow lobbyist agendas, have changed our state income tax into a hodgepodge of unintended consequences, conflicting incentives, and unnecessary complexity.” Berry offered these observations in making public findings of a two-part study prepared by the WISTAX research team. Celebrating its 80th year, WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.

Read more
 

Kyle C. Christianson or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Looking Back: State Finances in the Past Decade

Growing Deficits, Rising Debt, and Declining Assets Contributed to State’s Financial Woes

March 26, 2012

Download Press Release

MADISON—While Wisconsin’s fiscal health for this year (2011-12) and beyond is a work in progress, a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) provides the first comprehensive look at state fiscal health at the end of the prior decade. As WISTAX President Todd A. Berry observed, “It is not particularly pretty, and governors and legislators of both political parties share responsibility.”

Read more
 

Kyle C. Christianson or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

State Sales Tax Collections Rise 1.5% Annually During 2000-11

Use of Sales Tax Here Remains Below National Average

February 22, 2012

Download Press Release

MADISON—In a little-noticed trend, Wisconsin sales tax collections have been anemic for years. State sales tax growth averaged just 1.5% per year since 2000, more than four percentage points below the average of the preceding decade. New spending patterns, fewer taxable items, rising online sales, and the last two recessions all likely affected tax revenues, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). In its latest report, “The Sales Tax: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” WISTAX reviews the sales tax and its place in a 21st-century economy. Celebrating its 80th year, WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to policy research and citizen education.

Read more
 

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

Wisconsin’s Migration Trends Turning Negative

Since 2001, State Lost As Much As $8 Billion in Income from Interstate Migration

February 1, 2012

Download Press Release

MADISON—Over the last 15 years, Wisconsin has shifted from a net gainer of people and income from migration to a net loser, according to a new study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) that relies on U.S. tax returns. During 2001-10, the state lost as much as $8 billion of household income from more people leaving than coming to the state. The report, “Moving To and From Wisconsin: Migration and the Badger State,” also cites significant numbers of high-income retirees leaving the Badger State for Florida. WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.

Read more
 

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

First Statewide Estimate Shows 2012 Property Taxes Up 0.3%

2011-12 Levy Increase Is Smallest Since 1996-97 Cut

January 13, 2012

Download Press Release

MADISON—Total statewide property taxes are up 0.3% in 2012, according to preliminary estimates from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). This year’s increase is the smallest in 15 years; the state spent $1 billion to buy down school levies in 1996-97. Now celebrating its 80th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to policy research and citizen education.

Read more