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

School Levies Show Moderate Increase for 2010-11

One in Five Districts Levy Less Than State Allows

December 13, 2010

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School property taxes for this year are up 3.4% statewide, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The increase is less than last year’s 6.0% jump and is moderate compared to prior years. WISTAX notes that the 3.4% increase is the smallest change since a 0.5% decline in 2005-06. Before 2006, the last school tax increase under 3.5% was in 1999-2000 (2.2%).

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

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
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

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
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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