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    Focus Newsletter - April 14, 2004  •  Vol. 2004 No. 5TABOR or not TABOR, Part 2

    Wisconsin does not now formally limit state government taxing or spending, but 27 other states do—13 by statute and 14 in their constitutions. The restrictions in these states vary considerably in approach. Fiscal controls tied to... Read More

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    Focus Newsletter - April 6, 2004  •  Vol. 2004 No. 4TABOR or not TABOR, Part 1

    TABOR, or the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, is a state constitutional amendment now in drafting. Because it would limit growth in public expenditures, it is focusing attention on spending trends, while sparking debate pro and con. During... Read More

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    Focus Newsletter - March 25, 2004  •  Vol. 2004 No. 3State “checkup” sees high-tech problem

    The only on-going report that “benchmarks” Wisconsin’s competitive position vs. other states is available. News on quality of life is good. However, hopes for a high-tech boom have to confront dropping numbers of... Read More

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    Focus Newsletter - March 17, 2004  •  Vol. 2004 No. 2State budget hits “Groundhog Day” bumps

    The 2003-05 budget enacted last July was to put an end to state fiscal problems. With recent news of cost overruns and revenue shortfalls came renewed talk of deficits. As a short-term “fix,” state debt was refinanced. The... Read More

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    Focus Newsletter - January 23, 2004  •  Vol. 2004 No. 1Taking stock

    In his recent State-of-the-State address, Governor Doyle pronounced Wisconsin “back on track.” What has changed, and what remains problematic about the state finances? And, with little money to work with, what are the... Read More

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