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Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - September 2004  •  Vol. 72 No. 9Crime and Corrections

    Spending on corrections in Wisconsin climbed significantly during the 1990’s but has plateaued over the last three years. The increases tracked rising prison populations closely. Incarceration rates surged here during the... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - August 2004  •  Vol. 72 No. 8Trends in Wisconsin Transit Systems

    Declining ridership and rising costs remain problems for several Wisconsin urban bus systems. In 2001, federal, state and local operating revenues for 12 urban transit systems averaged $2.61 per passenger trip and 87¢ per passenger mile. Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - July 2004  •  Vol. 72 No. 7Testing Wisconsin Students

    Economic and educational characteristics of a school district impact test scores. After accounting for district characteristics, WISTAX examines state-mandated fourth-grade tests. Districts showing steady improvement relative to other... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - June 2004  •  Vol. 72 No. 6Wisconsin's Future: Year 2015 and Beyond

    Changes in the composition of Wisconsin’s population over the next 30 years will impact the state’s economy and government. Older populations will gain more political influence. Growth in state incomes, and possibly tax... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - May 2004  •  Vol. 72 No. 5Wisconsin Property Taxes, 2003-04

    Net property tax levies in Wisconsin rose 4.7% from 2003 to 2004. Property values increased 7.6%. Local levy increases have tended to be higher in villages and towns in recent years, but adjusted for population, the rates of increase in... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - April 2004  •  Vol. 72 No. 4University Student Finances

    Whether college is affordable depends on family income, tuition levels and financial aid. Family income is a major determinant of who enrolls in the UW System. Over the last five years, more students received financial aid, though... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - March 2004  •  Vol. 72 No. 3Perspectives on the Wisconsin Legislature

    Wisconsin’s state legislature is 17th smallest in the nation, but is considered one of the nation’s 11 “professionalized” bodies. Competition for legislative seats has declined over the past 20 years, with nearly... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - February 2004  •  Vol. 72 No. 2Wisconsin Teacher Pay and Benefits

    Wisconsin teacher salaries were 7.5% below the national average in 2002, though total compensation (salaries plus benefits) was 2.9% higher than the national norm. Teacher salaries are in the middle of those for “comparable” occupations. Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - January 2004  •  Vol. 72 No. 1Room Taxes and Tourism Trends

    Total room tax collections in 2002 were up nearly 3.0% over 2001, but down  1.7% from 2000. In recent years, room taxes have been used to fund several major convention and performing arts centers across the state. Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - December 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 12State Finance Review: Plans and Prospects

    Facing a projected deficit, state officials had a tough time fashioning the 2003-05 budget last year. What does that budget teach about how the state taxes and spends? What does it suggest about state priorities? Was the “deficit... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - November 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 11Wisconsin's 2003 Total Taxes

    A combination of state and federal tax cuts and a slowing economy reduced Wisconsin’s total tax burden to 33.0% of personal income, its lowest level since 1986. Federal taxes were up 0.1% in 2003. State tax collections rose 2.1%,... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - October 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 10Options for County Organization

    As of January 1, 2003, 10 Wisconsin counties had a county executive, 14 had a county administrator and 48 used an administrative coordinator. Salaries ranged from $50,000 to more than $100,000. County board sizes ranged from seven to... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - September 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 9Perspectives on Municipal Finance

    From 1992 to 2002, municipal property taxes in the state’s 220 most populous cities and villages rose at a higher rate than personal income and more than twice the rate of inflation. Municipal debt continues to increase less than... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - August 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 8Major U.S. City Tax Comparisons

    In 2001, Milwaukee residents had among the highest property taxes in the nation. For most families, income taxes were in the top half of major cities studied, though sales and automobile taxes were relatively low. When these four major... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - July 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 7Technical Colleges in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin’s technical colleges enrolled more than 63,000 FTE students in 2001-02. Per student operating expenditures rose 65.5%, or 5.2% per year, over the 10 years ending in 2001-02. While taxpayer support for technical colleges... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - June 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 6Comparing Property Taxes, 2002-03

    Net property tax levies in Wisconsin increased 4.8% from 2002 to 2003. Property values were up 7.3%. Among local units of government, the technical college levy rose the most (5.9%), followed by county (5.0%), municipal (4.8%) and... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - May 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 5Trends in Municipal Law Enforcement

    Total law enforcement spending by 186 muni-cipalities rose at more than twice the rate of inflation from 1991 to 2001. Fast-growing municipalities added the most officers and had the highest spending increases. Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - April 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 4The Changing Face of School Staffing

    The average Wisconsin school district employee is over 45 years old. With many  teachers eligible to retire beginning at age 55, school districts will face challenges replacing more than one-fourth of their staffs. However, there... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - March 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 3Wisconsin Counties: Fiscal Perspectives

    County property tax levies and spending in six categories have increased faster than inflation and personal income growth in recent years. Of six expenditure areas studied, county spending on public safety had the highest percentage... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - February 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 2Use-Value Assessment

    Under use-value assessment, which assesses farmland on the basis of the income it generates, an estimated $644 million in property taxes were shifted from agricultural to other classes of property from 1996 to 2002.... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - January 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 1School District Referenda

    The number and dollar amount of school district bond referenda rose during and after enactment of an increased state funding commitment to K-12 education. Recent data show the number of these referenda slowing, but districts are... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - December 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 12New Session . . . New Legislature?

    The 2003-04 Wisconsin legislature has been sworn in. There is much talk of a “new day.” Nevertheless, 114 of the 132 lawmakers are returning from last session. Republicans hold majorities in both houses—a relative... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - November 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 11Wisconsin's Total Taxes in 2002

    Total taxes and related fees in Wisconsin fell from 34.3% of income in 2001 to 33.7% in 2002. State individual income tax collections declined 3.4%, while corporate income tax collections dropped 6.4%. State sales tax collections rose 2.4%. Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - October 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 10Capital Ideas: Fiscal and Social

    This issue of The Wisconsin Taxpayer takes two very different approaches to public finance. The first looks at concrete issues of state budget processes and fiscal management. The second examines the elusive concept of “social... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - September 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 9Aiding Wisconsin's Schools

    The state provides two-thirds of state-local school revenues through various aids and property tax credits. In 2000-01, the state spent $5,018 per student on school aids. Wisconsin now ranks above average nationally (24th) in state... Read More

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