WISTAX Tag Archive


  • State’s New Top Policy Wonk

    One Wisconsin Now created “WISTAX Watch,” which came complete with a quiz where you got to guess if certain comments were made by the state GOP or by WISTAX.

    Urban Milwaukee, 01/09/2018
  • Corporate WISTAX Attacks Wages With Industry-Paid Junk Science Report

    The conservative, pro-corporate Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has joined the fight to reduce wages for hard-working Wisconsinites by authoring "junk science" propaganda.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/30/2015
  • Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Blames Gov. Walker’s Epic Jobs Failure on Wisconsin Citizens’ Age and Demeanor

    "There is no disputing that this is a politically conservative organization."

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/04/2013
  • Act 10 Has Mixed Results for Whitnall, Greenfield Districts

    "Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is even more Republican than Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, so this is hardly a surprise."

    Greenfield Patch, 11/20/2012
  • Corporate WISTAX Predictably Offers Propaganda for Coming Walker Regressive Tax Cut Scheme

    WISTAX has sent out a new round of propaganda to help Walker make his case for putting children and public schools further in the hole by shifting resources to a planned tax cut for the rich and corporations.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/11/2012
  • Big Biz Finally ADMITS Use of Extreme Tax-avoidance Techniques

    From the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future “Who Does Not Pay Taxes”: It took awhile, but SC Johnson (SCJ) eventually fessed up to its tax-avoidance schemes. It started when the last issue of...

    Cody Oliphant, 09/27/2011
  • WISTAX Says $1B Education Cut, 70K Off BadgerCare Is ‘Fiscally Mature’

    It’s the same old story with Todd Berry and the conservative, pro-corporate Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. Their biased view says there’s only money available in the treasury for corporate tax cuts - everything else is second-tier.

    Scot Ross, 05/11/2011
  • GOP Legislative Committees Revealed

    The interwebs reports that income state Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald is circulating memos to his fellow Republicans to solicit their ideas on senate committees for the upcoming legislative session. Given the...

    Scot Ross, 11/18/2010
  • Will MJS Give Conservative WPRI, WISTAX Same Treatment As Public Citizen?

    Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Politifact,” in its analysis of a unfair trade deals cited by U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, makes this note about the sourcing by Feingold’s campaign of Public Citizen: “Public...

    Scot Ross, 10/11/2010
  • Conservative Prof: Walker’s Tax Cuts Would Abandon Fiscal Responsibility

    Hey, wouldya know: the minute a newspaper publishes a story with insight from someone other than conservative tax policy spokesperson Todd Berry, Scott Walker’s plan to cut taxes just for the richest...

    Cody Oliphant, 10/11/2010
  • Walker to Ruin Funded, Best-run Pension System in the USA

    Bruce Murphy, columnist for Milwaukee Magazine, had some great points in his column this week why Walker’s state pension gimmick is just a gimmick.

    Anna Landmark, 06/22/2010
  • Tax Bills Down, WISTAX Clams Up

    Thanks largely to the Recovery Act, the largest middle class tax cut in the history of the US, the overall tax bill for Americans’ is at its lowest level since 1950. Since...

    Robert Doeckel, 05/11/2010
  • Tax Foundation’s Americans for Petroleum Ties Belies ‘Objective’ Tax Report

    Once again the Tax Foundation is bringing its big business, low-tax agenda to Wisconsin and trying to convince us that businesses need their taxes lowered and the owners of those big businesses...

    Scot Ross, 05/09/2010
  • Economic-top 1% Own 70% of Wealth THX RIGHT WING!

    Did you get a HUGE bonus this year? Or are you maybe one of the 218 new BILLIONAIRES?!?! Are you OPTIMISTIC about your financial future? If you answered yes to any of...

    Cody Oliphant, 04/22/2010
  • WISTAX Watch Exposes ‘Tax Freedom Day’ Fraud

    One Wisconsin Now is urging the media to review its report showing both the flaws of the Tax Foundation numbers and the connections between WISTAX, Tax Foundation, and Americans for Prosperity.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/11/2010
  • Tax Foundation Is AFP

    Last year I wrote a blog about the fact that the Tax Foundation, the think tank behind “Tax Freedom Day,” was once owned and operated by Americans for Prosperity. And because today...

    Cody Oliphant, 04/11/2010
  • Bailed Out Banksters Hatched Callous Overdraft Scheme

    While millions of Americans are fighting for survival ‘€“ whether it’€™s to keep their homes or keep their jobs ‘€“ it appears financial industry banksters have been lining their pockets through a...

    Cody Oliphant, 04/05/2010
  • WISTAX Watch Alert: Coincidence WISTAX Report Targets Cities, Not Counties?

    One Wisconsin Now’s WISTAX Watch is asking the conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance to explain why its latest report focusing on fee increases in cities and villages ignores county governments.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/14/2010
  • WISTAX Watch Alert: Coincidence WISTAX Report Targets Cities, Not Counties?

    WISTAX Watch is asking the conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance to explain why its latest report focusing on fee increases in cities and villages ignores county governments. The state is in the midst...

    Scot Ross, 02/12/2010
  • WISTAX More Partisan Than WMC?

    We here at One Wisconsin Now have worked tirelessly for close to a year developing WISTAX Watch‘€”a comprehensive expose on the pro-corporate, conservative bias of Wisconsin’€™s most vocal and visible tax policy...

    Cody Oliphant, 02/09/2010
  • One Wisconsin Now’s WISTAX Watch Site Tracks Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Conservative Bias

    One Wisconsin Now has launched a comprehensive website providing historical information, board donations, affiliations and extensive analysis of the conservative agenda of the allegedly non-ideological Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/07/2010
  • What You’ll Find at WISTAX Watch

    Gotta quiz for you…Which supposedly “independent” and “unbiased” organization in Wisconsin fits the following? Its president and leading voice is a former Republican administration official and local Republican party executive committee member....

    Scot Ross, 02/07/2010
  • With His Hand Out, Torinus Criticizes Recovery

    Readers of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel business section will know the name John Torinus. Torinus seems to be a busy man in the business community: he is the current chair and former...

    Cody Oliphant, 02/01/2010
  • “Justice” Alito Has His Own Joe Wilson Moment

    One of the more rousing cheers during the State of the Union last night came after President Obama called out the ridiculous ruling from the Supreme Court last week that threw open...

    Robert Doeckel, 01/27/2010
  • Oshkosh Families: Raise Taxes and Protect Our Kids’ Futures

    From the Oshkosh Northwestern: “A crowd of about 150 parents, teachers and concerned Oshkosh residents packed into a commons room at West High School Tuesday night for a public forum on upcoming...

    Cody Oliphant, 01/06/2010
  • If Berry Thinks Tax Code Is Complicated, He Should Criticize His Board, Funders

    Todd Berry, the head of the conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance who must be on the speed dial of every reporter in Wisconsin, wound up in a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...

    Scot Ross, 01/05/2010
  • Health Insurance Reform Progress Activates Junk Science From Wisconsin’s Conservative, Corporate Network

    The corporate, conservative machine has given its loyal subjects at WISTAX and WPRI marching orders... Blame everyone but the health insurance cartel for skyrocketing health insurance costs.

    One Wisconsin Now, 12/22/2009
  • WPRI: ‘Let’s Cut Funds for Kids, Not Health Insurance Companies’

    The corporate shills at the right wing Wisconsin Policy Research Institute has a typical corporate response to the skyrocketing health care costs.

    Scot Ross, 12/14/2009
  • Pieces of the Puzzle: Tax Foundation and Americans for Prosperity

    Back in September, One Wisconsin Now called into serious question the Tax Foundation’€™s claim of being an objective research organization when it was revealed that it was a ‘€œSilver Sponsor’€ of an...

    Cody Oliphant, 11/23/2009
  • The Poor Pay More

    New analysis sheds some intense light on the myths strewn throughout the news by WISTAX and WMC.

    Cody Oliphant, 11/17/2009
  • The Rich Shirk Obligations, the Rest of Us Pay for It

    A new study out today shows that poor and middle class families are hit much harder by taxes in Wisconsin than the wealthiest taxpayers. In Wisconsin, its the working families that are...

    Robert Doeckel, 11/17/2009
  • MacIver Defense of Tax Foundation Just More Right Wing Backscratching

    The right wing water cooler was abuzz this week over the effrontery of the Institute for Wisconsin’€™s Future. IWF, one of Wisconsin’€™s few think tanks that doesn’€™t hock regressive tax policy, was...

    Scot Ross, 11/11/2009
  • More Jobs Coming to Wisconsin: WMC Scare Tactics = #epicfail

    Once again despite the efforts of the states most notorious corporate tax loophole lobby group, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, more jobs are coming to Wisconsin. Republic Airways to add up to 800...

    Robert Doeckel, 11/10/2009
  • Are MacIver, WPRI and AFP Ready for the Right Wing Toga Party?

    Two of Wisconsin’€™s leading right wing organizations are members the State Policy Network, a national group that helps organizations push out anti-public education information.

    Scot Ross, 10/30/2009
  • Businesses Coming to Wisconsin, WMC Must Be Furious

    The states largest business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, isn't really interested in attracting businesses to our state or creating a positive business climate here.

    Robert Doeckel, 10/22/2009
  • Chicken Little WISTAX Once Again Wrong About Falling Sky

    Fear-monger extraordinaire Todd Berrys conservative talking points are once again proven wrong by, you know, reality. Berry claimed in September of this year the repeal of the Qualified Economic Offer (QEO) in...

    Robert Doeckel, 10/19/2009
  • Conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Echoes GOP Complaints About Recovery Act Success

    In the past, the conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance took some effort to mask its shilling for the arm-in-arm conservative tax ideology of corporate America and the Republican party. Now, Todd Berry and...

    Scot Ross, 10/18/2009
  • Right Wing Disappointed in Job Creation, Retention

    Wisconsin in 2009 created or retained around 22,100 Wisconsin jobs, including 8,284 full-time public-sector jobs, and is on course to create 50,000 more. This thanks to the policies enacted though the Americans...

    Cody Oliphant, 10/14/2009
  • WISTAX Bogus Study One More Example of Conservative Agenda

    The latest study by the supposedly non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is another example of the groups conservative bent and its willingness to manipulate data and flat out make stuff up to support...

    Robert Doeckel, 10/13/2009
  • IWF Hammers at Tax Foundation

    The Institute for Wisconsin’€™s Future (IWF) took a hammer to the outrageous Tax Foundation report that among other things proposed taxing groceries and gasoline, creating a flat tax, and cutting transportation, health...

    Cody Oliphant, 10/06/2009
  • Tax Foundation, Like WISTAX, Pals Around With AFP

    Much like the conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, the DC-based Tax Foundation pushes out pro-conservative tax propaganda, but its rarely also identified by its conservative ideology. This fantasy of non-ideology is foisted on...

    Scot Ross, 09/24/2009
  • WISTAX Out to Scare Schools, Public

    The conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance issued a release yesterday regarding their recent report titled, ‘€œState budget woes mean school, taxpayer problems’€ that’€™ll probably scare the bejesus out of, well, schools and taxpayers.The...

    Cody Oliphant, 09/09/2009
  • Corporate Choke Hold Pays Off for Mercury Marine

    So that happened. Union workers at Mercury Marine voted to accept the stunning contract offer from management at Brunswick. Workers at the plant in Fond du Lac were given two basic choices...

    Robert Doeckel, 09/09/2009
  • Robin Vos ‘War on Reality’ Ignores 77 Percent of Wisconsin Business Council Member Contributions Went to GOP, Conservatives

    MADISON, Wis. — A One Wisconsin Now analysis of the political giving of the announced officials of the Wisconsin Business Council shows that conservatives and Republicans netted 77 percent of member giving,...

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/14/2009
  • WISTAX Guess Lands Front Page Real Estate, Shows Bias

    Conservative go-to-guy Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) landed front page real estate in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today without digging up any facts in his perpetual Wisconsin mudslinging. His...

    Cody Oliphant, 07/13/2009
  • WPRI’s Cadre, John Torinus and the Myth of Liberal Media

    Bopping through the Wisopinion.com list of blogs of the day, I was amused to see not one, but two posts from the conservative and oft-error-plagued Wisconsin Policy Research Institute featuring former members...

    Scot Ross, 07/13/2009
  • WISTAX Breaks Silence to Promote Pro-corporate Agenda

    A year ago the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance tried to convince the media and its audience that there was no looming budget deficit in Wisconsin and thus no need to close corporate loopholes...

    Cody Oliphant, 06/15/2009
  • Conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Silent on $6.6 Billion Budget Deficit

    MADISON, Wis. — After months of insisting the state budget crisis was smaller than official estimates, the conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has turned silent in light of decreased revenue collections putting the...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/11/2009