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

Net Property Tax Increases Statewide to Top 4%

Wistax Provides First Estimate of 2009-10 Levy

December 23, 2009

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Wisconsin’s net property tax levy statewide is on track to rise about 4.2%, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The nonpartisan policy research organization reports that school levies are up the most (6.0%), followed by technical colleges (3.9%) and counties (3.2%). The small state tax is down about 0.5%.

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

State Medicaid Recipients Up 174% Since 1998

About One in Five Residents on Health Welfare Program

December 18, 2009

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In 1998, fewer than one in 13 Wisconsin residents received Medical Assistance (MA) from the joint state-federal Medicaid program aimed at providing health care to the poor, elderly, and disabled. Last month, that ratio was close to one in five, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization found the state’s MA-recipient numbers had grown 174%, or an average of about 9.6% per year, from 395,000 in late 1998 to 1.085 million last month.

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

Wisconsin's Tax and Spending Ranks Fall

State Tax Rank Out of Top 10 for Second Consecutive Year

December 17, 2009

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MADISON—Over the past 15 years, Wisconsin’s tax ranking among the 50 states fell from third in 1993 to 14th in 2007, according to a new report, “Long-Term Tax and Spending Ranks,” from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The nonpartisan research organization also said that, with state and local government revenues growing less here than elsewhere, the Badger State’s 50-state spending rank dropped from 13th to 26th.

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

Wisconsin Students Show Gains in Math, Reading

WISTAX Analyzes Four Years of Test Scores for 2008-09 Sixth Graders

November 16, 2009

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A total of 83.3% of Wisconsin’s sixth graders were proficient or advanced on the 2008-09 reading portion of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE). That percentage was up 2.7 points from 80.6% in 2005-06, when these same students were third graders. In math, these students gained 4.6 points, from 71.9% in 2005-06 to 76.5% in 2008-09. These are some of the findings in a new Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) report that tracks the progress of students in reading and math over four years. 

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

Public Conservation and Recreation Lands Total 16.5% of State

WISTAX Inventories and Analyzes Public Land in Wisconsin

October 16, 2009

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Over 5.7 million acres, or 16.5% of the state’s total land area, was publicly owned conservation and recreation land in 2006, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). WISTAX, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and education, based its findings on a county-by-county inventory of lands owned by federal, state, and county governments.

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