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

Despite Drop in State School Aids, Statewide School Spending Up 4.3%

WISTAX’s SchoolFacts10 Provides Comprehensive School Information

October 11, 2010

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Wisconsin public schools budgeted to spend $10.6 billion in 2009-10, or 4.3% more than in 2008-09. Due to declining enrollments statewide, spending per student was budgeted to increase 4.6%, from $11,850 in 2008-09 to $12,400. Since 1999-2000, per student spending has risen an average of 4.0% per year. These and other important facts about Wisconsin’s public schools are detailed in SchoolFacts10, released by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). SchoolFacts provides, for every school district in the state, a wide range of information on spending, revenue, enrollment, staffing, and test scores.

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

National Report Examines Finances of States

Wisconsin Portrayed as One of Nation's More Fiscally Challenged

August 24, 2010

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A national report by associations of state governors and budget officers shows Wisconsin state government had one of the weakest financial positions going into the current recession and continues to be one of the most fiscally challenged states, according to an analysis by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

Counties Slow Their Rate of Tax Increases

Change Leadership Structure

August 16, 2010

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Wisconsin counties have slowed their growth in tax collections, and have been moving toward more professional management during the past seven years, according to a report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), a nonpartisan research organization devoted to citizen education. The study, “How County Administration and Finances Stack Up,” is based on a WISTAX survey and the most recent financial figures available from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

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

Census Reports New Tax, Spending Ranks

Why Do Tax, Spending Ranks Differ?

August 5, 2010

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New state rankings show Wisconsin placed 13th on state-local taxes but 25th on spending, according to a Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) analysis of 2008 figures released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau. Wisconsin residents paid 11.76% of state personal income in 2008 state and local taxes, compared to a national average of 11.20%.

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

Election Year Resolution for Voters

August 3, 2010

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Wisconsin can be proud that more people—over 300—are running for the state legislature this year than in any gubernatorial year in at least two decades.  Now it’s our turn. Candidates are knocking on our doors, sharing brochures that all too often make unrealistic promises. Let’s greet them with an election-year resolution to encourage informed discussion of real issues with unprecedented candor.

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