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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

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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.

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Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Surplus or Deficit? Depends on Whom You Ask

A Column by Todd A. Berry, President, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

January 5, 2012

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MADISON—Imagine selling your old car to make the monthly mortgage payment, or making a credit-card purchase while telling a family member you didn’t “spend a dime.”

In some ways, these are the kinds of actions taken by state officials of both parties since the 1990s in order to claim that Wisconsin’s general fund budget was balanced. The general fund is where almost all state taxes that pay for state programs are deposited.

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

State Spending Increases Here Exceed National Average in 2011 and 2012

Wisconsin Budget Surplus Ranks Among Nation’s Lowest

December 28, 2011

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MADISON—State spending increases in Wisconsin exceeded national averages in both 2011 and 2012, while budget reserves remain among the smallest in the nation. According to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “State budgets in 2012: How do we stack up?,” state spending here rose 5.8% in 2011 and was budgeted to grow 4.4% in 2012. National averages were 4.0% and 2.9%, respectively.

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

State-Local Taxes Up 5.4%, Claim Largest Share of Income Since 2006

Earlier Tax Increases, Economic Recovery Lead to Higher Tax Burden

December 21, 2011

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MADISON—State-local governments collected $25.9 billion in taxes and fees in fiscal year 2011, 5.4% more than in 2010. This year’s tax burden was the highest since 2006, reflecting 2009-10 tax increases and a modest economic recovery. These findings are from a new Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) report, “Postrecession Snapshot: Total Taxes in 2011.” WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 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

Fewer Workers, More Retirees . . . Slow-Growth Economy Ahead?

New Census Figures Suggest Unsettling State Population Trends

December 13, 2011

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MADISON—With more residents retiring here than elsewhere and the state already the nation’s 16th oldest, Wisconsin could be headed for a period of slower growth in the economy and in tax collections. Combine these with rising service demand from a burgeoning senior population, and it is likely that changing population trends are Wisconsin’s next great challenge, according to the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). These findings were included in a new WISTAX report, “Wisconsin’s Most Puzzling Challenge: Demography,” based on the latest national census.

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