Health costs a burden for Wisconsin’s middle-income families

If it seems like more of your paycheck is going to health care, it is. A national survey of workplace health plans shows costs are rising in Wisconsin and across the United States while worker salaries aren’t growing at the same pace. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin has seen largest middle-class decline of any state, says Pew study

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A new state-by-state analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that Wisconsin experienced the biggest decline in middle-class households in the country between the years 2000 and 2013, as well as saw a 14 percent decline in median household income. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Sen. Erpenbach: Tax bill a double whammy for most of us

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If you are lucky enough to make an income three times the Wisconsin median, the tax plan being decided in D.C. will likely benefit you. But if you’re like the rest of us, who spend all or most of the income we receive on the costs of living, it will be harder to find a benefit. > Cap Times

Wisconsin income tax hits middle class harder than most states, goes easiest on wealthy

Two stories and a study report…

State Taxes Lowest for Wealthiest

In Wisconsin, middle-class and low-income families pay a bigger share of their incomes in state and local taxes than the wealthiest households in the state.  >  Urban Milwaukee

Wisconsin income tax burdens rank highest over “broad middle-income” range

Wisconsin’s individual income tax ranks 12th highest among the states. But that rank varies depending on taxpayer income from as high as 10th to as low as 32nd.  >  WisPolitics.com

Wisconsin income tax has surprises

A little more than 30 states have “progressive” income taxes. Wisconsin’s is unusual due to the rapidity with which its rates rise and a standard deduction that disappears as income increases.  >  Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance analysis