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Todd A. Berry or Stephanie Rubin
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Technical College Funding Shifts from Local to State

State Aid Boost Reverses Long History of Local Funding

January 14, 2015

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MADISON—Wisconsin’s technical colleges have long differed from those in most states due to their heavy reliance on local, rather than state, funding. But that changed when the state legislature increased by $406 million state aid to technical colleges to “buy down” the 2014-15 technical college property tax.
The shift toward state funding reduced local funding by about two-thirds and prompted a new Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) report, “Wisconsin’s Evolving Technical Colleges.” The report examines how the funding and governance of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) has changed over the years, and how it compares to other states. Now in its 84th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.  

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

Total State-Local Taxes Rise, But Fall As Share of Income

Rising Federal Collections Increases Total Wisconsin Tax Burden

December 18, 2014

MADISON—While Wisconsin’s state-local tax burden fell from 11.3% to 11.1% of personal income in 2014, the total tax burden rose from 30.4% to 31.3% of income due to increases in federal tax collections. This is the key finding of a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “Total Taxes in Wisconsin, 2014.” The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) is a nonpartisan organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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

With Many New Faces, the 2015-16 Legislature Begins Work

State Assembly is “Greenest” in Years

December 17, 2014

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MADISON—Every other January, Wisconsin renews one of its oldest political traditions: convening a new legislature. But in several respects, the 2015-16 legislature departs from tradition. Particularly striking is its relative inexperience: 27 members of this legislature (senate and assembly) have no prior legislative experience, and another 30 have served two years or less.

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Stephanie Rubin or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Influencing Wisconsin Government Starts With Budget

WISTAX Offers People's Guide to State Budget

December 3, 2014

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MADISON—Work on the state’s new budget for 2015-17 is underway. More than in most states, Wisconsin’s two-year budget is a “catch-all.” Over 1,000 pages long, it covers not only taxes and spending but a variety of other issues ranging from schools and higher education to prisons, health care, and transportation. It even includes items that in other states would be considered as separate bills.

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

Wisconsin Property Tax Myths Dispelled

New WISTAX Report Helps Property Owners Understand Changes in Tax Bills

November 13, 2014

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With property tax bills arriving soon, some taxpayers will again be surprised by unexpected changes in the amount of tax owed. “Often, these surprises are rooted in community-held myths about the property tax,” notes Todd Berry, President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). A new WISTAX report, “Navigating the Property Tax,” dispels some of them and explains in lay terms how unexpected changes in individual tax bills can occur. WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and citizen education.

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