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

School and Tech College Tax Hikes Lead Way

WISTAX Estimates Statewide Property Tax Increases of About 4.0%

May 23, 2008

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Statewide, 2008-09 property tax levies are up 5.2% for schools, 5.0% for technical colleges, and 3.1% for counties, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). If municipal and related taxes rise 3.5%, as WISTAX estimates, total gross property taxes, before state tax credits, would rise about 4.3%.

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

Report Card Time for State, Too

WISTAX Grades State on "Competitiveness"

May 14, 2008

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School children across the state are receiving report cards, and the state of Wisconsin is getting one, too, thanks to a "competitiveness benchmarking" project at the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to public-policy research and citizen education. The goal of the project, done on behalf of Competitive Wisconsin, Inc. (a consortium of state business, farm, and labor leaders), has been to gauge the change in the state’s competitive position over time and to compare it to surrounding states and the U.S.

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