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

Budget Proposes Biggest Change to Sales Tax in Decades

Would Transfer Automobile-Related Sales Taxes to Transportation Fund

May 5, 2011

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A major but little-noticed item in the pending state budget makes the most significant change to the state sales tax in decades. When fully implemented in 2021-22, it would earmark an estimated $360 million in sales taxes (or more than 6% of all sales tax collections), WISTAX writes in its new report, "Little-noticed proposal would earmark sales tax."

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

City and Village Spending Average 2.5% Annual Growth Since 2002

Spending, Revenue Growth Slows Significantly from Prior Years

April 27, 2011

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Per capita spending growth in Wisconsin cities and villages rose an average of 2.5% per year from 2002 through 2009, down from more than 4% annually during 1987-2002. The slowdown was due partly to cuts in state aid and to property tax limits enacted in the mid-2000s, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “A Slowdown in City and Village Spending.” WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.

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

Income Taxes Show Effects of Recession and Tax Hikes

Taxes Up More Than 13% for Top Earners

April 20, 2011

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This year’s recent tax season marked only the second in more than two decades that some state income taxpayers faced a major tax increase. A new analysis of 2009 state income tax returns by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) shows the impact of the increases that were enacted as part of the 2009 budget.

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