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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
608-241-9789
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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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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
608-241-9789
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Wisconsin Spent 8.5% More Than U.S. to Operate Schools

Per Student Salaries Near Parity, Benefits Exceed U.S. Norm by 50%

April 30, 2008

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U.S. Census figures released this month showed that Wisconsin spent $10,190 per pupil to operate public schools in 2006. A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) analyzed these data in greater detail and found that school expenditures here ranked 14th highest among the states and 8.5% above the U.S. average ($9,390). The main reason for the above-average ranking was fringe benefits that exceeded national averages by more than 50%.

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

Short-Term Solutions Likely to Dominate State Budget "Fix"

WISTAX Analyzes Plans to Erase State Deficit

March 28, 2008

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When the governor and state lawmakers finally agree on how to erase the state’s $652-million deficit, the "budget fix" is likely to be dominated by stopgap measures, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers’ Alliance (WISTAX).

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

Coming Revenue Shortfall Shows Wisconsin Budget Vulnerability

Wisconsin Less Prepared Than Most States for Economic Slowdown

February 5, 2008

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"Unlike most states, which amassed major surpluses in recent years, Wisconsin has little with which to withstand a recession," a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) finds. The nonpartisan public policy research group reports that, while state governments around the country have combined 2007-08 surpluses of almost $46 billion, Wisconsin may be facing a $400-million revenue shortfall with only $124 million in reserve.

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