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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
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Wisconsin Income Taxes Rank Among Highest in Nation

WISTAX Offers Analysis of Wisconsin's Individual Income Tax

August 25, 2009

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Wisconsin’s income tax claimed 3.3% of personal income in 2007, making it the 10th highest nationally among state income taxes. When compared on a per capita basis, income taxes averaged $1,137 per person, 13th highest nationally, and ahead of all neighboring states except Minnesota. These facts come from a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) titled "Wisconsin’s ‘Big Two’: Income and Property Taxes."

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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
608-241-9789
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WISTAX: New State Budget Has Contradictions, Surprises

August 19, 2009

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Quirks and contradictions are common in the state’s 2009-11 budget, according to a new analysis of Wisconsin’s $62 billion tax-and-spending plan from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
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Tax Incremental Financing Growing

Primary Municipal Development Tool Used by 385 Cities and Villages

May 15, 2009

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In 2008, more than 1,000 Wisconsin tax incremental finance (TIF) districts in 389 municipalities generated $334.4 million in property taxes. At 3.5% of gross property taxes, TIF levies are approaching in dollar value total municipal levies for towns (3.7%) and villages (4.0%), according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). 

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

Proposed Budget Has $2.8 Billion in New State Taxes, Fees

New Revenues Won’t Erase Structural Deficit

March 30, 2009

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Over this and the next two years, state budget legislation enacted or pending would increase taxes and fees $2.82 billion, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

Is Proposed State Spending for 2009-11 Up 0.7% or 10.7%?

WISTAX Examines Spending, Taxes in New Budget

February 27, 2009

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The proposed 2009-11 state budget holds general fund spending increases to under 1% but hikes by 10.7% expenditures from all revenue sources: from $56.7 billion in 2007-09 to $62.7 billion in 2009-11. The budget also seeks to increase state taxes by a total of $2.5 billion over the next three years, most notably on businesses, large and small; hospitals; smokers; investors; and higher-income individuals.

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