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Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - May 2013  •  Vol. 81 No. 5Wisconsin’s Transportation Funding Dilemma

    A state commission recently found that, over the next ten years, Wisconsin will need an additional $2 billion to $7 billion to pay for its transportation needs. A slow-growing population that reduced its travel combined with more fuel... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - April 2013  •  Vol. 81 No. 4The Local Squeeze?

    Since 1995, state shared revenues to municipalities and counties have been significantly reduced three times, leaving these aids below their 1990 levels. Those reductions, along with state-mandated property tax limits initiated in... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - March 2013  •  Vol. 81 No. 3School Options in Wisconsin

    Public school options for Wisconsin students have expanded from one program serving about 13,000 students in a few cities in 1977 to five programs serving about 126,000 students statewide. Participation in the parental choice program in... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - February 2013  •  Vol. 81 No. 2Wisconsin’s Spring Elections

    On April 2, Wisconsin voters will choose a state Supreme Court Justice and a State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In the Supreme Court race, Justice Pat Roggensack seeks to retain her seat against attorney and Marquette Law... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - January 2013  •  Vol. 81 No. 1Raising the Curtain on a New Legislature

    Republicans took control of both houses of the state legislature again, but after recall elections and redistricting, the legislature has undergone many changes from two years ago. The senate welcomes three new members, the assembly 25.... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - December 2012  •  Vol. 80 No. 12Reviewing Wisconsin’s 2012 Taxes

    Total state and local taxes rose for the third consecutive year to $26.8 billion in 2012, a 3.2% increase from last year. Because total state income grew faster (4.5%), Wisconsin’s state-local tax burden fell slightly to 11.8% of... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - November 2012  •  Vol. 80 No. 11Understanding the State-Tribal Relationship

    One of the most important powers a government has is to tax people within its territory. Taxing power is easy to identify and understand when discussing federal and state governments. However, it can be confusing when a tribe, legally a... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - October 2012  •  Vol. 80 No. 10After the Storm: School Funding in 2012

    The 2009-11 and 2011-13 state budgets had profound impacts on school districts and their finances. Aid cuts and tightened revenue limits in both state budgets squeezed school budgets. Law changes enacted in 2011 helped schools reduce... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - September 2012  •  Vol. 2012 No. 9Badger State Business Taxes

    Wisconsin businesses paid more than $8.5 billion in state and local taxes in 2011. The largest business tax was the property tax, accounting for over half the total. Businesses also paid more than $1 billion in sales (16% of the total)... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - August 2012  •  Vol. 80 No. 8A Recap of 2011-12 Property Taxes

    Property tax levies totaled $10.38 billion in 2012, up 0.2% from 2011. After subtracting more than $1 billion dollars in state-funded credits, net property taxes were $9.36 billion, also 0.2% more than the prior year. One-year changes... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - July 2012  •  Vol. 80 No. 6/7State Funding of Local Government: How Does Wisconsin Differ From Other States?

    In 2009, Wisconsin state government funded more than 40% of local government spending, a percentage that was higher than in 42 states. Our “equalizing” state-local finance system allows poor communities to provide basic... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - May 2012  •  Vol. 80 No. 5Vacationing in Wisconsin

    Tourism is important to the Wisconsin economy. Not only do the billions spent by visitors annually support economic growth and jobs, but they also result in tax revenues for state and local governments. In 2011, tourists here spent an... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - April 2012  •  Vol. 80 No. 4The Nation’s First, The State’s Largest

    Due to a combination of policy changes and economic growth, Wisconsin’s income tax per person has grown from $38 in 1960 to $1,260 in 2011. From 2001 through 2010, Wisconsin’s 6.6% increase in per capita income taxes was... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - March 2012  •  Vol. 80 No. 3Wisconsin's Fiscal Health

    Wisconsin's official financial statements, released each December by the state controller's office, provide telling information about state finances and fiscal health. The latest release shows Wisconsin with a general fund... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - February 2012  •  Vol. 80 No. 2The Sales Tax: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

    First imposed in 1962 as part of a property tax relief effort, the Wisconsin sales tax is now state government’s second-largest source of tax revenue, trailing only the individual income tax. Although the tax evolved from a 3%... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - January 2012  •  Vol. 80 No. 1Moving To and From Wisconsin: Migration and the Badger State

    Over the last 15 years, Wisconsin has shifted from a net gainer of people and income from migration to a net loser. Based on U.S. tax returns, the state lost as much as $8 billion from more people leaving than coming to the state during... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - December 2011  •  Vol. 79 No. 12Postrecession Snapshot: Total Taxes in 2011

    Wisconsin state-local taxes claimed 11.9% of state personal income in fiscal year 2011, up from 11.7% the prior year and 11.3% in recession-plagued 2009. This year's increase was largely due to recent tax increases and to the... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - November 2011  •  Vol. 79 No. 11Wisconsin’s Most Puzzling Challenge: Demography

    State political leaders devote considerable time and energy to discussing jobs, schools, state finances, and health care. All are pressing problems that are well known and understood. Ironically, Wisconsin faces another problem that is... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - October 2011  •  Vol. 79 No. 10Jobs: The Long Road to Recovery

    Many households nationally and in Wisconsin are economically stressed. Unemployment during the recent recession topped 9%. And while the state’s unemployment rate has fallen to under 8%—the ninth best decline among the... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - September 2011  •  Vol. 79 No. 9Home to Roost? The 2011-13 State Budget

    This year’s state budget process was painful, the result of more than a decade of fiscal denial by governors and lawmakers of both parties. For years, the state “balanced” its budget in name only, eschewing long-term... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - August 2011  •  Vol. 79 No. 8Wisconsin Transportation: 2011 and Beyond

    Wisconsin transportation spending exceeds $3 billion annually. However, slow growth in transportation-related taxes and fees combined with transportation dollars being used for nontransportation purposes has led to greater reliance on... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - July 2011  •  Vol. 79 No. 6_7Forgotten? Challenges Facing Rural Schools

    More than one in five Wisconsin public school students attends a rural school. These schools face many challenges. Of Wisconsin's 220 rural districts, 182 (82.7%) had enrollment declines in 2000-10. Over half had declines of... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - May 2011  •  Vol. 79 No. 5UW in the 21st Century: Less Money, More Freedom?

    The University of Wisconsin System’s 2009-10 budget totalled $4.75 billion. Funding came primarily from state appropriations (24.0%) and tuition and fees (22.1%). Particularly since the 1990s, the state’s contribution to the... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - April 2011  •  Vol. 79 No. 4A Slowdown in City and Village Spending

    From 2002 through 2009, per capita revenues and expenditures for cities and villages rose less than 2.5% per year. Average increases were well below those for 1987-2002. Although many factors contributed to slowing revenue... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - March 2011  •  Vol. 79 No. 3In Their Words: Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates

    Wisconsin voters face important decisions on April 5. They will elect local officials and also a new supreme court justice to serve until 2021. There were also contested supreme court races in 2007, 2008, and 2009. This year’s... Read More

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