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State Tax Burden Up, But Overall Burden Still Falling
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State Tax Burden Up, But Overall Burden Still Falling

Driven by rising income tax collections, Wisconsin’s state tax burden climbed in 2021 for the first time in a decade. Yet local and federal taxes as a share of income hit all-time lows during the pandemic and the total tax burden for state families and businesses is at its lowest level in at least a half century. Some taxes paid by middle-class families here remain relatively high, however, particularly the property taxes on a typical home.

Property Values Up in Wisconsin Amid Pandemic, Aided by Residential Value Boost
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Property Values Up in Wisconsin Amid Pandemic, Aided by Residential Value Boost

Updated online interactive provides data for all Wisconsin counties, municipalities

DataTool Shows Rising Property Values Strengthened Municipal Finances Pre-Pandemic
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DataTool Shows Rising Property Values Strengthened Municipal Finances Pre-Pandemic

Latest update to online interactive tool provides data on all 602 Wisconsin municipalities

Degree of Difficulty: Challenges for UW-Milwaukee in a Turbulent Time
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Degree of Difficulty: Challenges for UW-Milwaukee in a Turbulent Time

Comparison shows UWM lagging peer institutions in enrollment, revenues

Laying the Foundation: A Look at the City of Milwaukee’s Affordable Housing Programs
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Laying the Foundation: A Look at the City of Milwaukee’s Affordable Housing Programs

Report finds potential benefits from greater organization, planning, and private sector collaboration

Wisconsin Policy Forum Makes Statewide Educational Data Easy to Compare
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Wisconsin Policy Forum Makes Statewide Educational Data Easy to Compare

New School DataTool Includes Enrollment, Student Performance, Other Measures

Pension Overpayment Eases Pain in 2019 City of Milwaukee Budget
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Pension Overpayment Eases Pain in 2019 City of Milwaukee Budget

The report also analyzes increased investment in lead abatement programs and services in the proposed budget.

Calm 2019 Milwaukee County budget masks fierce long-term challenges
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Calm 2019 Milwaukee County budget masks fierce long-term challenges

The Forum’s 2019 county budget brief raises longer-term concerns.

Southeast Wisconsin’s property tax collections growing more slowly than property values
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Southeast Wisconsin’s property tax collections growing more slowly than property values

The region’s aggregate equalized property values totaled $194 billion in 2018.

Report: Repair Needs Grow at Milwaukee County Culture, Parks, and Recreational Facilities
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Report: Repair Needs Grow at Milwaukee County Culture, Parks, and Recreational Facilities

WPF Warns County Lacks Financial Capacity to Address Backlog of Capital Needs

Spending in Major Wisconsin Cities, Villages Up 3%
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Spending in Major Wisconsin Cities, Villages Up 3%

MunicipalFacts18 Study Analyzes Per Capita Spending, Taxes, and Other Trends in 248 Municipalities

Report Outlines Challenges of Affordable Housing in Milwaukee County
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Report Outlines Challenges of Affordable Housing in Milwaukee County

County Has Sufficient Units, Moderate-Priced Rents – But Incomes Often Aren’t Enough

Wisconsin Policy Forum Report Untangles MPS Funding of Charter Schools
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Wisconsin Policy Forum Report Untangles MPS Funding of Charter Schools

Nonpartisan, Independent Group Explains Complex Web of Contracts, Reimbursements

Report explores link between state property tax limits and municipal spending
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Report explores link between state property tax limits and municipal spending

Finds spending patterns vary based on new construction growth

MPS’ 2019 Budget Challenges Reflect Long-Term Structural Issues
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MPS’ 2019 Budget Challenges Reflect Long-Term Structural Issues

Short-Term Fixes May Avert Major School Cuts in 2019, But Fiscal Pressures Remain

Jason Stein Named Wisconsin Policy Forum Research Director
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Jason Stein Named Wisconsin Policy Forum Research Director

Longtime Capitol Reporter Will Lead Nonpartisan Research Team

WPF Research: Teacher Ranks Have Rebounded
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Teacher Ranks Have Rebounded

Post-Act 10 decline has been arrested. But more younger teachers leaving profession.