Taxes paid by residents as pct. of income: 11 percent
Total state and local taxes collected: $41.7 billion
Pct. of total taxes paid by residents: 77.9 percent
Pct. of total taxes paid by non-residents: 22.1 percent
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin relies more on income and property taxes for its revenue than most states. In fact, both are approximately 25 percent higher than the national averages. The state receives a smaller portion of federal money than most others, leaving little room for this money to offset state spending. Worst still, taxes on industrial property owners rank among the bottom half, and often the bottom third, of the country, while residential taxes are among the greatest. According to a study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Wisconsin’s middle class pays a bigger share of government spending than any other state, except for New York.
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