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

Public School Staff Numbers Fall For Third Consecutive Year

Benefit Savings Limit Declines

May 21, 2012

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MADISON—The number of teachers in Wisconsin public schools fell 2.4% in 2012, continuing a sharp three-year decline that began in 2010. However, individual district experience varied widely—from relatively large gains to double-digit losses—depending in part on enrollment and fringe benefit changes. Two new reports from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) show that, while statewide staffing numbers were down in 2012, districts with growing enrollments and large savings on employee benefit costs savings often added teachers, while declining enrollment districts with little or no benefit savings were among the hardest hit. Now celebrating its 80th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to policy research and citizen education.

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

New State Report Card Shows Start of Income Rebound

Wisconsin’s Competitiveness Tracked, Compared to Neighbor States

May 15, 2012

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MADISON—Wisconsin’s per capita income rose 4.8% in 2011, the largest increase in five years. That is one of the bright spots in the state’s new report card, “Measuring Success: Benchmarks for a Competitive Wisconsin,” prepared annually by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) for Competitive Wisconsin, Inc. (CWI).

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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

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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

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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.

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