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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
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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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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
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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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