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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
608-241-9789
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U.S. Income Tax Data for Election Time and Beyond

WISTAX Recaps Information from 2006 Federal Returns

October 24, 2008

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In a time of year when candidates and newly elected officials discuss who does or does not pay federal income taxes, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) released a summary of U.S. data made available earlier this year by the IRS.

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

WISTAX Informs Debate on Higher Education Funding

New Report Reviews 25-Year Spending Trends

September 23, 2008

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With University leaders and state politicians trading charges recently, a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) examines state tax funding for the UW System over the past 25 years. The analysis from the nonpartisan, Madison-based research organization finds that growth in tax dollars going to the UW has trailed overall state spending, state school aid, and inflation.

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

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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