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

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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