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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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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

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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.

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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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