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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
608-241-9789
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Wisconsin Sees Spike in Number of Candidates Running for Legislature

Most Remarkable Rate in 20 Years

July 23, 2010

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Wisconsin has more candidates running for the state assembly and senate in the November 2010 election than in any gubernatorial election year in the last two decades, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

Net Property Taxes Claim 4.5% of State Income in 2010, Highest Since 1996

Municipal Tax Levies Total $2.37 Billion, Up 3.2% from 2009

July 9, 2010

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Net property taxes totalled $9.4 billion in 2010, up 4.9% from the prior year, according to newly available state figures. Property taxes claimed 4.5% of personal income, the highest statewide share since 1996 (4.7%). Municipal-only property taxes increased 3.2% from 2009 to 2010, rising from $2.30 billion to $2.37 billion. These are key findings from two new reports from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), one examining municipal-only taxes and one recapping total all-purpose levies.

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

How Active Was the 2009-10 Legislative Session?

It Depends How Legislative Activity Is Measured

June 3, 2010

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With the 2009-10 legislative session coming to a close and the 2010 campaign underway, it is now time for state voters to begin evaluating legislative performance over the past two years. Understanding how active the legislature has been is a good start for voter research. A new report from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), recaps legislative activity by comparing the number of bill introductions and passages, and session and per diem days in 2009-10 with those of prior sessions.

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

Wisconsin State and Local Debt Rose Faster Than Federal Debt During 1990-2009

Average Annual Increase in State Debt, 7.8%; Local Debt, 7.3%

May 26, 2010

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State and local debt in Wisconsin grew faster than federal debt over the last 19 years. State debt rose 316%, an average of 7.8% per year, from $2.71 billion in 1990 to $11.25 billion in 2009. Local general obligation debt was up 284%, a 7.3% average, from $3.41 billion in 1989 to $13.1 billion in 2008. Federal debt held by the public averaged annual increases of 6.2% per year for a total increase of 212.8% from 1990 through 2009. The figures come from a new study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization dedicated to citizen education.

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Todd A. Berry or Kyle C. Christianson
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Wisconsin's Prison Population Two and a Half Times larger Than Minnesota's

But Minnesota Has More Residents Under Correctional Control

April 27, 2010

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In 2008, Wisconsin had more than 23,000 people in state prisons, compared to fewer than 9,000 in Minnesota. Yet, despite the marked difference in prison populations, Minnesota had more residents under some form of correctional control—prison, jail, probation, or parole. A new study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “The Cost of Corrections: Wisconsin and Minnesota,” examines crime and corrections in the two states. WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research and education organization.

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