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WISTAX: 22 Counties Trail State in Job Growth
WISTAX

22 Counties Trail State in Job Growth

They lack access to major highways, universities, and high-speed internet

WisTax: Local Government Finances Are Stable
WisTax

Local Government Finances Are Stable

Survey show most in better shape than last year. But schools are a big concern.

WisTax: Yes, State Budget Is Late
WisTax

Yes, State Budget Is Late

Only one budget later since 1977. And 46 other state legislatures are already done.

WisTax: Home Values Still Below 2008 Peak
WisTax

Home Values Still Below 2008 Peak

Statewide residential values in 2016 were 4.4% below 2008.

WisTax: State Prison Population Rising Again
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State Prison Population Rising Again

Up 3.4% in last three years. Many are returnees who violated rules of probation.

WisTax: State Income Tax Hits Middle Class
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State Income Tax Hits Middle Class

Versus other states, falls hardest on incomes of $50,000 to $150,000.

WISTAX: You Pay Many Hidden Taxes
WISTAX

You Pay Many Hidden Taxes

From fishing poles to beer to phone bills, lots of local, state, federal fees.

WISTAX: School Spending Referendums Highest Ever
WISTAX

School Spending Referendums Highest Ever

83 referendums in 2016, 77% approved, totaling $1.35 billion.

WISTAX: State-Local Tax Burden Lowest Since 1962
WISTAX

State-Local Tax Burden Lowest Since 1962

Now ranks 16th in the nation.

WISTAX: Wisconsin Property Taxes Up By 1.6%
WISTAX

Wisconsin Property Taxes Up By 1.6%

School districts up just 0.1%, while technical colleges have biggest hike, up 4.2%.

WISTAX: Wisconsin Drops to 16th Highest Taxed
WISTAX

Wisconsin Drops to 16th Highest Taxed

And now ranks 22nd among states when all fees included, new report shows.

WISTAX: Huge Growth in TIF Districts
WISTAX

Huge Growth in TIF Districts

State now has 1,212 districts statewide, up 127% in two decades. 9 percent aren’t covering costs.

WISTAX: State Faces Rising Transportation Debt
WISTAX

State Faces Rising Transportation Debt

More than 22% of spending will go to debt service as local roads decline.

WisTax: State Losing Population Though Migration
WisTax

State Losing Population Though Migration

27,000 people migrated since 2010, as Wisconsin's workforce declines.

WisTax: Statewide Property Values up 3% in 2016
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Statewide Property Values up 3% in 2016

Yet values are still below the pre-recession peak in Wisconsin.

WisTax: Municipal Spending Highest Since 2011
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Municipal Spending Highest Since 2011

Rises by 1.8% for second straight year, but drops by 6.6% in Milwaukee.

WISTAX Wins National Award
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WISTAX Wins National Award

Government Research Association awards most distinguished research

Callender Named WISTAX Communications Director
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Callender Named WISTAX Communications Director

Award-winning journalist joins team of experts

Lottery Property Tax Credits Decline in 2015
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Lottery Property Tax Credits Decline in 2015

New Report Analyzes Legal Gambling in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Fiscal Health Improves, But Still Lags Most States
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Wisconsin’s Fiscal Health Improves, But Still Lags Most States

WISTAX Uses Official Financial Statements to Measure Fiscal Health During 2002-15

School Districts Using New Way to Exceed State Revenue Limits
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School Districts Using New Way to Exceed State Revenue Limits

147 Districts Have Spent $138 Million Over "Caps" Since 2009

Most Wisconsin Taxpayers Saw Income Tax Cuts In Recent Years
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Most Wisconsin Taxpayers Saw Income Tax Cuts In Recent Years

After Recent Legislative Changes, WISTAX Report Reexamines The State Income Tax

County Jail Populations, Spending Decline During 2007-14
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County Jail Populations, Spending Decline During 2007-14

WISTAX Examines County Spending on Corrections and Law Enforcement

Wisconsin Tax Burden Falls to Lowest Level Since Great Recession
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Wisconsin Tax Burden Falls to Lowest Level Since Great Recession

Glitch in Census Numbers Means State-Local Taxes Rank Lower Than Previously Thought

Medicaid Claims Majority of New State Spending During 2015-17
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Medicaid Claims Majority of New State Spending During 2015-17

New State Budget Also Has Major Implications for Education and Transportation

New Fed Tax Figures Show Little Change in State Tax Rank
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New Fed Tax Figures Show Little Change in State Tax Rank

State-Local Taxes Here Claimed 11.3% of Income in 2013, 11th Highest

Statewide Property Values Grow Modestly, Changes Vary by County
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Statewide Property Values Grow Modestly, Changes Vary by County

Total Equalized Values up 2.6%; Still Almost 7% Below 2008 Levels

Wisconsin Continues to Lag in Federal Money
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Wisconsin Continues to Lag in Federal Money

New Figures Show Wisconsin 47th in Per Capita Federal Spending

Supreme Court rivals’ views posted by taxpayer group
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Supreme Court rivals’ views posted by taxpayer group

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley and challenger Judge James P. Daley provide their "letters of application" for the high court

Wisconsin School Spending Changes Match U.S. During 2008-12
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Wisconsin School Spending Changes Match U.S. During 2008-12

Badger State Cut Spending in 2012 While Other States Saw Earlier Reductions

As Students Return, State Gets Report Card
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As Students Return, State Gets Report Card

Annual WISTAX-CWI Study Analyzes Wisconsin’s Competitive Position

Municipal Spending Declines
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Municipal Spending Declines

WISTAX Study Analyzes Post Act 10 Municipal Finances

Statewide Property Values End Five-Year Decline, But Trends Vary by County
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Statewide Property Values End Five-Year Decline, But Trends Vary by County

Total Equalized Values up 2.6%; Still Almost 7% Below 2008 Levels

WISTAX Offers Voter Guide for Upcoming Elections
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WISTAX Offers Voter Guide for Upcoming Elections

Includes Specific Questions for Candidates

Legislators Get Briefing on Technical Colleges from WISTAX President Todd Berry
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Legislators Get Briefing on Technical Colleges from WISTAX President Todd Berry

The focus was property tax funding of technical colleges.

Does Outdated Personal Property Tax Deserve Reexamination?
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Does Outdated Personal Property Tax Deserve Reexamination?

WISTAX President Todd Berry Invited to Brief Legislators

More to Tax Rankings Than Meets the Eye
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More to Tax Rankings Than Meets the Eye

WISTAX Study Shows How Major Taxes Here Vary by Taxpayer, Place

Wisconsin State and Local Debt Situation Moderating?
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Wisconsin State and Local Debt Situation Moderating?

WISTAX Study Shows Signs of Improvement in Wisconsin Borrowing

In-Migration of Skilled Workers Needed to Spur State Economy
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In-Migration of Skilled Workers Needed to Spur State Economy

Slowing Number of Births Poses Challenge

School Districts Benefit Costs $366 Million Lower in 2012
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School Districts Benefit Costs $366 Million Lower in 2012

WISTAX Offers First Look At Impacts of Act 10 and State Budget on School Finances

State Spending Rises, Local Spending Falls During Recent Recession
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State Spending Rises, Local Spending Falls During Recent Recession

New Census Figures Point to Federal Stimulus, State Tax Hikes, Medicaid as Reasons

Wisconsin Business Taxes Topped $8 Billion in 2011
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Wisconsin Business Taxes Topped $8 Billion in 2011

Property, Not Income, Tax Largest Business Tax

New Fed Figures for 2010 Show Wisconsin Taxes 9th Highest Nationally
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New Fed Figures for 2010 Show Wisconsin Taxes 9th Highest Nationally

Taxes as Percent of Income Rise to 11.7%, Rank Unchanged

Most Wisconsin High School Graduates Not Prepared for College
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Most Wisconsin High School Graduates Not Prepared for College

Minority Students Lag Significantly

2012 Elections Infographic
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2012 Elections Infographic

Here’s a helpful election guide to share with your readers

Statewide, School District Reserves Continue to Climb
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Statewide, School District Reserves Continue to Climb

Though Some Districts See Falling Fund Balances

State-Imposed Limits Slow Property Tax Growth in 2012
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State-Imposed Limits Slow Property Tax Growth in 2012

Final Figures Show Statewide Property Taxes Increased 0.2%

Declining Enrollments Endanger Future of Rural Schools
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Declining Enrollments Endanger Future of Rural Schools

Rural school districts will be under serious pressure in the next few years if declining enrollment is not addressed in school funding formulas.

Wisconsin High on State Funding of Local Governments – Local “Returns” on Taxes Paid Vary Widely by Municipality, County
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Wisconsin High on State Funding of Local Governments – Local “Returns” on Taxes Paid Vary Widely by Municipality, County

MADISON— For every dollar state taxpayers send to Madison, 67¢ goes to local governments, schools, and property taxpayers, and not to running state agencies and programs.

Property Values Drop for Fourth Consecutive Year – Values Off 3.2%
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Property Values Drop for Fourth Consecutive Year – Values Off 3.2%

Only seven of 72 counties had increased values.

The August Primary Could Be Your Only Chance to Choose
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The August Primary Could Be Your Only Chance to Choose

With their mudslinging and vacuous ads, primary elections can be frustrating for voters, especially this year with the date moving from September to August.