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Todd A. Berry or Kyle C. Christianson
608-241-9789
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Unemployment Reserve Fund Ended 2009 with Record $896 Million Deficit

Future Tax Increases and Benefit Cuts Likely as Federal Borrowing Continues

April 14, 2010

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Wisconsin’s Unemployment Reserve Fund has declined each year since 2000, and it ended 2009 with a negative balance of $896 million. The Reserve Fund deficit could reach $2.4 billion by 2011, according to a new study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The study, “Wisconsin’s Unemployment Reserve Fund,” explains Wisconsin’s reserve losses over the past decade, and compares those losses and the state’s current federal borrowing with other states. 

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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
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State Income Tax Refunds Hit Record High

Annual Totals Approaching $2 Billion

April 5, 2010

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The total amount of state income tax refunds paid has hit all-time highs in each of the last nine years, including a record $1.86 billion paid to Wisconsin filers during 2009, according to a new analysis from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). State refunds during the 2001-09 period totalled $13.5 billion, the Madison-based nonpartisan research organization said. Figures come from monthly data collected by the state Department of Revenue.

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Todd A. Berry or Kyle C. Christianson
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Wisconsin Government Employment Per Capita 8.2% Smaller Than U.S. Average

State Salaries Above Average, Local Salaries Below

March 15, 2010

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Wisconsin had 8.2% fewer state and local government employees per capita than the national average in 2008. The state had 50.35 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees for every 1,000 state residents vs. 54.82 for the U.S. and ranked 41st nationally, according to a new study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The study, “Wisconsin’s Public Workforce,” details public employment and pay using 2008 Census figures, the most recent available. 

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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
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wistax@wistax.org

Wisconsin Loses 4.3% of Business Establishments in 2006-09

Decline Larger than Surrounding States and U.S.

February 15, 2010

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Wisconsin had 6,700, or 4.3%, fewer private businesses in early 2009 than it did at the same time in 2006, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The first-quarter statistics�"from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics�"were part of a WISTAX review of various "state of the state" measures early in the new year.

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

Municipal Fee Growth Outpaces Property Taxes

Fees Replacing Shortfalls in Traditional City and Village Revenue Sources?

February 12, 2010

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Municipal fees increased almost twice as fast as property taxes (80.7% vs. 42.3%) from 2000 to 2007, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), titled "Municipal Fees and Charges."  In 2007, fee collections (excluding utility charges) accounted for 8.6% of city and village revenues, up from 6.8% in 2000.

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