Press Releases

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

Rural Schools Face Challenges / Property Taxes Up in 2011

New Research by WISTAX Breaks Ground on Two Issues

July 28, 2011

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Rural Wisconsin schools face the most difficult challenges they have encountered in half a century, yet their potential power to meet those challenges has never been less. That’s the great irony of rural education, according to “Forgotten? Challenges Facing Rural Schools,” a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

 

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

Facing Fiscal Pressures, Municipal Spending Declines

General Obligation Debt Up 4.2%, Largest Increases Since 2005

July 11, 2011

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MADISON—For the first time in more than a decade, municipal operating expenditures in Wisconsin’s largest cities and villages declined, according to the just-released 2011 edition of MunicipalFacts—an annual publication from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). Total spending in the state’s 238 largest municipalities was down 1.0% from 2008 to 2009. However, municipal general obligation debt rose 4.2%, the largest increase since 2005.

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

Understanding UW Debate: Relative State Support Falls, State Regs Remain

WISTAX Finds 24% of UW System Revenues From State, Half of 1970s Level

May 12, 2011

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"It’s not your grandparents’ university" was the way Todd A. Berry, president of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), summed up the group’s latest study, "UW in the 21st Century: Less Money, More Freedom?"  State tax dollars now fund less than one-quarter of the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) budget and about one-fifth of UW-Madison’s budget, according to the WISTAX report. By comparison, in the early 1970s, state-tax support accounted for more than half of the UWS budget.

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