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10/5/18

Average New Construction by County

Counties rely on property tax collections as a main source of revenue. However, since 2006, the state legislature has limited counties’ property tax increases to the amount of new construction or development. From 2006 through 2011, the state provided a minimum allowable levy increase, or floor, which permitted a county...Read More
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10/3/18

School Referenda in Wisconsin

Despite recent increases in state funding, more school districts are turning to referenda to increase spending. In numbers and total dollars, successful school referenda in 2018 may exceed those in 2016, which marked the highest year since 2001. Our latest Taxpayer looks at recent trends in school referenda. Our interactive dashboards provide...Read More
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9/28/18

News & Updates | 3rd Quarter 2018

President’s message It’s election season in Wisconsin, and with two tight statewide races and a number of spirited battles for congressional and legislative offices, that means nonstop candidate advertising, mailings, and phone calls. As is par for the course, many of these communications take quotes and votes out of context...Read More
Newsletter

9/28/18

3rd Quarter 2018 President’s Message

It’s election season in Wisconsin, and with two tight statewide races and a number of spirited battles for congressional and legislative offices, that means nonstop candidate advertising, mailings, and phone calls. As is par for the course, many of these communications take quotes and votes out of context to negatively...Read More
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9/17/18

Counties could see more sales taxes

Starting Oct. 1, the state of Wisconsin will begin collecting taxes on more sales made by out of state and internet retailers to consumers here. The move follows a June 21 U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. to give states wider latitude under federal law in...Read More
Event Recap

9/13/18

A Fresh Start: When Do Employers Have a Right to Know?

Roughly 115 people attended our first Viewpoint Luncheon in Madison, A Fresh Start: When Do Employers Have a Right to Know? which explored the state’s current expungement framework and the pros and cons of potential policy reforms. For an estimated 1.4 million Wisconsin residents with criminal records, employers’ ability to...Read More
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8/14/18

Forum hosts Policy in a Pub in August

More than 100 people attended our Policy in a Pub event on August 13 where we previewed our new research on charter school funding in the city of Milwaukee. The report – A Teachable Moment – details the city’s charter school financial landscape, explaining how the different types of charter...Read More
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8/2/18

Forum honored for research on the City of Milwaukee’s revenue structure

The Wisconsin Policy Forum’s report, On the Money? The City of Milwaukee’s Uncommon Revenue Structure and How it Compares to Peer Cities, received the award for “Most Effective Education” at the Governmental Research Association’s (GRA) annual policy conference in Detroit this week. The report compared Milwaukee’s revenue structure to that...Read More
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7/1/18

News & Updates | 2nd Quarter 2018

President’s Message Within the next few weeks, the Wisconsin Policy Forum will launch its new website. That should be welcome and exciting news to our supporters for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that you’ll no longer need to comb through the two separate websites of the...Read More