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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
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Increase in Value of Wisconsin's Property Smallest Since 1987

Commercial, Manufacturing Properties Outpace Residential

August 26, 2008

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Despite falling property values nationwide, the full market (equalized) value of Wisconsin real and personal property rose 3.3% this year. Compared to a 6.2% increase last year and 9.6% the year before, it was the smallest increase since 1987 according to a new analysis of state data from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

State Students Score Well on ACT, But Many Still Unprepared for College

Rigor Needed in Core Curriculum to Ensure College Readiness

August 4, 2008

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Wisconsin students have some of the nation’s highest average ACT scores (22.3 vs. 21.2, U.S.), yet only 29 percent of the state’s 46,430 students tested in 2007 met ACT college-readiness benchmarks in core subjects, according to new information from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

Wisconsin Ranked 10th in State-Local Debt Service

Up from 21st in 2000

July 2, 2008

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Wisconsin state and local governments devoted a larger share of state personal income to debt service in 2006 than all but nine other states, according to policy researchers at the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

State-Local Government Expenditures 22nd Nationally

Spending in Wisconsin Claimed 21.7% of Income

June 6, 2008

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State and local government expenditures in Wisconsin were 21.7% of state personal income in 2006, 5% more than the U.S. average (20.6%) and 22nd highest among the states. Per capita, spending here was $7,114 (18th) vs. a national average of $7,171. These figures released today by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) were based on new fiscal 2006 data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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

State Tax Burden Rose to 12.3%, But Ranking Dropped

WISTAX Report Shows Wisconsin Out of Top Ten

June 3, 2008

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Although Wisconsin’s tax burden rose from 12.1% to 12.3% of personal income, new Census figures for 2006 show the state’s 50-state ranking dipped out of the top ten for the first time since 1980, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), a nonpartisan, public-policy research firm.

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