No. 16 Tax Climate In Wisonsin: An Analysis Of State and Local Taxes

Published June 10, 1987

Tax policies in Wisconsin are often the subject of long and frequently acrimonious debates. People disagree as to how high taxes are, who pays them, and what effect they have on economic development in the state.

The authors’ goal in this paper is to answer these questions, and more, with an objective and factual review of the evidence. We do not attempt to review all possible measures of tax burden or recite all of the reasons for Wisconsin’s current tax system. Rather, we present as succinctly as possible the facts, theories, and explanations we believe to be the most valid and meaningful.


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