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

School Taxes Drop for First Time Since 2006

Decline Stems Largely from Revenue Limit Reductions

December 9, 2011

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MADISON—Statewide school property taxes on December tax bills are dropping 1.0%, from $4.69 billion last year to $4.65 billion this year. According to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), the decline is the first since 2005-06, when levies fell 0.5%. WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to citizen education and public policy research.

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

Census Tax and Spend Figures Show Seeming Contradictions

Tax Burden Drops but Spending Up

December 6, 2011

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MADISON—Wisconsin’s 2009 state-local tax collections dropped, yet its 50-state rank rose from 11th to ninth. Expenditures in virtually all spending categories stagnated or dropped, but Badger State spending claimed a higher share of income and moved up four places in state spending ranks. These seemingly contradictory findings are at the heart of two new reports from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) summarizing recently released census tax and spending figures. WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to citizen education and policy research.

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

As the U.S. Goes, So Goes Wisconsin

Low Firm Creation, Wages Among Challenges Facing the State

December 2, 2011

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MADISON—The tepid economic recovery has made it difficult for Wisconsin to create jobs at a rate sufficient to reduce unemployment. And that has led to political sniping over unreliable month-to-month job statistics. “What policymakers should do instead,” said Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) President Todd Berry, “is understand some basic facts about the state economy that can foster productive discussions about economic growth.” That is the aim of a new WISTAX report, “Jobs: The Long Road to Recovery.” The report examines job creation and loss both during the 2007-09 recession and subsequent recovery, as well as occupational and educational needs for the next several years. WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to citizen education and policy research.
 

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