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Todd A. Berry or Kyle C. Christianson
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38 New Legislators . . . New Legislative Majority in 2011

GOP Holds 19-14 Senate Advantage, 60-38-1 Assembly Majority

December 28, 2010

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After losing seats in both 2006 and 2008, Republicans picked up four state senate and 14 assembly seats in the 2010 elections. In the new session, the GOP holds a 19-14 seat advantage in the senate and a 60-38-1 majority in the assembly. A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “New Legislature . . . New Direction?” recaps November election results and previews the incoming legislature. Now in its 79th year, WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan private research organization dedicated to citizen education.

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Todd A. Berry or Kyle C. Christianson
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Tax Collections Up 2.6% in 2010, Total $64.3 Billion

Tax Hikes Combined With Declining Income Drove Modest Increase in Tax Burden

December 16, 2010

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Wisconsinites paid $64.3 billion in federal, state, and local taxes in 2010, 2.6% more than last year. The majority of the $64.3 billion total went to the federal government (61.8%), with much less going to state (23.4%) and local (14.8%) governments. These findings are from a new Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) report, "Wisconsin’s Total Taxes: 2010." Now in its 79th year, WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan private research organization dedicated to citizen education.

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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
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School Levies Show Moderate Increase for 2010-11

One in Five Districts Levy Less Than State Allows

December 13, 2010

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School property taxes for this year are up 3.4% statewide, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The increase is less than last year’s 6.0% jump and is moderate compared to prior years. WISTAX notes that the 3.4% increase is the smallest change since a 0.5% decline in 2005-06. Before 2006, the last school tax increase under 3.5% was in 1999-2000 (2.2%).

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Todd A. Berry or Kyle C. Christianson
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Wisconsin Electricity Price Rose Sixth Fastest Nationally During 2000-09

Rising Energy Prices Affect State's Competitiveness

November 8, 2010

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Wisconsin’s average electricity price rose 5.6% annually during 2000-09, faster than the national average (4.2%) and that of all but five states. Once a state with low-cost energy, Wisconsin electric rates are now 20th highest nationally, up from 36th in 2000 and 40th in 1990. These findings are from a new Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) report, “Electricity: Competitive Advantage Eroding?” Now in its 79th year, WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan private research organization dedicated to citizen education.

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

Wisconsin Firm Creation, Wages Lag Nation

WISTAX Study Explores Roots of State’s Economic Problems

October 22, 2010

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Wisconsin is spawning new firms at a rate less than all but eight states. Since 1994, an average of only 4.5% of all private firms in the state were new in any quarter, a firm-creation rate well below the U.S.average (5.4%). The finding was part of a new Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) analysis, “Wisconsin Jobs and Wages: A Wake-Up Call?,” that examined job and wage trends, as well as firm creation. WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization devoted to citizen education.

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