Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Wisconsin income taxes among the highest in the country


I have written extensively about Wisconsin’s high income tax and low income per capita rankings. The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) has an update, and the results are still grim. WISTAX reports:

Wisconsin’s income tax claimed 3.3% of personal income in 2007, making it the 10th highest nationally among state income taxes. When compared on a per capita basis, income taxes averaged $1,137 per person, 13th highest nationally, and ahead of all neighboring states except Minnesota. Relying heavily on income tax collections compounds the state’s challenges in projecting annual tax collections.  Sensitive to economic conditions, the income tax can provide unexpected revenues in boom times and significant shortfalls in downturns. As is now the case, when collections fall below projections, the state is faced with a budget gap.

In terms of average tax rate paid, filers in the low-income category paid an average rate of 1.75%, while middle-income filers paid 4.3%. Those in the high-income category paid the highest average rate at 5.52%. Filers at the very top ($200,000 or more) paid an average rate of 5.83%.“

Now is the worst time to consider and approve big increases in taxing and spending given the inability of Wisconsin residents to afford such increases.

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