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

Evaluating Fiscal Fundamentals of 2011-13 State Budget

Some Spending Still Up Under Proposed Austerity Plan

March 24, 2011

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After years of state budget problems, does the proposed 2011-13 state budget close a multibillion-dollar deficit and improve the state’s long-term fiscal health? "That is the key budget question that has gone largely unanswered as interest groups have recently focused on specific programs. As it turns out," Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) President Todd A. Berry notes, "the answer is yes . . . and no." In coming to that conclusion, a new WISTAX analysis focuses on budget fundamentals—spending trends, budget reserves, deficits, and structural imbalances in future years.

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

Supreme Court Candidates: Judicial Background, Experience, Philosophy

WISTAX Releases Candidate Responses

March 14, 2011

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On Tuesday, April 5, Wisconsin voters will elect a nonpartisan supreme court justice to serve until 2021. Voters will choose between Justice David Prosser and state Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg. Kloppenburg has been a litigator and prosecutor at the Department of Justice since 1989, and Prosser has served on the supreme court since his appointment in 1998.

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