Patriotic Millionaires recruiting in Wisconsin, but their name may fool you


Though their high net worth name suggests wealthy conservatives, the Patriotic Millionaires’ primary goals are to raise the minimum wage, alter the tax code so that wealthy executives and their admin assistants pay the same proportion of their incomes, and reduce the corrupting influence of money in politics. >

Slice it any of 3 ways and the answer remains: Wisconsin’s wealthy get the most tax relief


Since 2011, Wisconsin lawmakers have prioritized cutting taxes. According to the Wisconsin Budget Project, no matter which of three methods are used for quantifying who gets the tax cuts, the result is that the highest earners received the largest tax cut and the lowest earners received the smallest. >

Fact check: Do richest 1 percent pay lowest tax rate in Wisconsin?

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PolitiFact Wisconsin applies their Truth-O-Meter to gubernatorial candidate Mike McCabe’s claim that “When you look at all the state and local taxes we pay in Wisconsin, the wealthiest 1 percent pay the lowest overall tax rate.” > PolitiFact Wisconsin

To the Editor: Despite Walker’s statements, wages and jobs in Wisconsin still lag the nation


Dear Editor: Gov. Walker repeatedly touts Wisconsin’s unemployment rate of 3.4 percent as evidence that his policies are working. However, Bureau of Labor Statistics data cast a dark shadow on the governor’s statements. The reality is that job growth is modest, wages are lagging for the working class, and those at the top are doing far better than the typical working class Wisconsinite. > The Cap Times

In flat tax proposal, top 4% get almost half of benefit, while poor get a tax increase


Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly have proposed a package of tax cuts that would give extremely large tax breaks to earners with the highest incomes, while shutting out residents with low incomes. The tax package would gradually flatten the state’s income tax rate over ten years to a flat rate of 3.95%.  >  Urban Milwaukee

Walker open to modifying who gets private school tax benefits

Gov. Walker is open to amending the recipient rules of a private school tuition tax benefit, two-thirds of which is going to families making more than $100,000 a year, though he isn’t seeking any particular changes himself.  >  Wisconsin State Journal


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.  >

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