Wisconsin Taxes and Spending in Line with Other States

August 1, 2013

Wisconsin is close to the middle of the pack in taxes and fees paid by state residents to state and local governments, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.  

According to a new analysis of the Census Bureau data by the Wisconsin Budget Project–a Madison-based research organization focusing on tax and budget policy–Wisconsin ranked 19th out of the 50 states in taxes, fees, and miscellaneous revenue per person in fiscal year 2011, before the deep spending cuts included in the 2011-13 budget went into effect. Wisconsin residents paid an average of $6,346 in taxes, fees, and other charges to state and local governments in 2011. That’s $34 higher than the national average. 

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