New Census Bureau Figures Show Wisconsin Below Average on Per Capita Taxes and Spending in 2008


July 19, 2010

Government spending at the state and local level in Wisconsin was $345 per person below the
national average in 2007-08, according to an analysis by the Wisconsin Budget Project of new data
from the U.S. Census Bureau. The analysis finds that state and local spending per capita was $7,541 in Wisconsin in fiscal year (FY) 2008, 4.4 percent below the national
average.

The new Census Bureau figures show that the average Wisconsinite paid $40 less in state and local
taxes than the average American in 2008. Wisconsin now ranks 17th in that measure, compared to
8th in 2000.

The Wisconsin Budget Project noted that revenue collected in Wisconsin is farther below the
national average if one looks at all state and locally generated revenue, including fees as well as
taxes. By that measure, which is known as “own source” revenue, Wisconsin was $236 per person
below the national average, a difference of 3.7 percent. Read the full press release.