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

Federal Figures Show Wisconsin School Spending 5.5% Above U.S.

Recent Benefits Changes Will Likely Affect State’s National Rankings

October 10, 2011

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MADISON—Federal figures show Wisconsin public schools spent $11,078 per student on operations in 2009, 16th highest in the nation and 5.5% above the U.S. average. When building and debt costs are included, the state spent $12,304 per student, which ranked 20th but was 1.6% below the national norm, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). In “School update (II): Wisconsin vs. U.S.,” WISTAX researchers analyze recent U.S. Census Bureau figures on school spending and revenues by state and look ahead to how recent state law changes might affect Wisconsin’s position among the 50 states.
 

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

Federal Figures Show Wisconsin School Spending 5.5% Above U.S.

Recent Benefits Changes Will Likely Affect State’s National Rankings

October 10, 2011

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MADISON—Federal figures show Wisconsin public schools spent $11,078 per student on operations in 2009, 16th highest in the nation and 5.5% above the U.S. average. When building and debt costs are included, the state spent $12,304 per student, which ranked 20th but was 1.6% below the national norm, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). In “School update (II): Wisconsin vs. U.S.,” WISTAX researchers analyze recent U.S. Census Bureau figures on school spending and revenues by state and look ahead to how recent state law changes might affect Wisconsin’s position among the 50 states.
 

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

Choosing State Supreme Court Justices: Is there another way?

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

September 26, 2011

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MADISON—Is it any wonder that Wisconsin citizens ask whether there is a better way to choose state supreme court justices? Colonists objected to George III’s appointing and removing judges at will, and Americans have fought over judicial selection ever since.

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

State Resorts to Increased Borrowing to Fund Transportation

Annual Transportation-Related Spending Tops $3 Billion

August 22, 2011

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MADISON—Bonding has been the fastest-growing source of state transportation revenue in recent years, while corresponding debt service payments are consuming an increasing share of state transportation spending. A new study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “Wisconsin Transportation: 2011 and Beyond,” reviews Wisconsin transportation finance as well as changes made in the 2011-13 state budget. WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to citizen education and policy research.

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

After Dust Settles, State Budget Becomes Clear

Spending is Up, Tax Cuts are Relatively Small

July 28, 2011

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MADISON— With the 2011-13 state budget now law for a month, general — and somewhat surprising conclusions — can be drawn. First, despite program cuts, planned 2011-13 spending is up. Second, although talk of tax cuts was frequent, actual changes are modest. These are a few of the findings from a new analysis of the 2011-13 budget by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). Now in its 79th year, WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan private research organization dedicated to citizen education.

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