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Tax policy changes adopted since January 2011 in Wisconsin have cumulatively saved state taxpayers approximately $21.9 billion in the 12-year period between 2011-12 and 2022-23, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. 

The savings chiefly consist of $13 billion in avoided income and franchise taxes and economic development surcharges; and $8 billion in avoided property taxes.

“Over the past 20 years, almost no state has seen a greater drop in its tax burden than Wisconsin,” noted to the Wisconsin Policy Forum, which found that Wisconsin’s tax burden dropped from the fourth highest in the U.S. in 1999 to below the national average by 2019.

Several policies implemented since 2011 contributed to the drop. LFB estimates the top drivers were lowered income tax rates, establishment of the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit and lowered property tax rates for the Wisconsin Technical College System.

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Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.