Wisconsin taxes — once among the nation’s highest — have fallen to just barely below the national average, highlighting the effects of a slow shift that has played out here over a generation.
In Wisconsin in 2014, thestate and local taxes paid by residents added up to 10.5% of their income, compared with the 10.6%that state and local taxes took up of Americans’ incomes across the country.
The figures come from 2014 U.S. Census data, the most recent available and the first to account for more than $500 million in tax cuts made in the spring of that year by Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans in the Legislature.
Walker was the first to point out this latest ranking, weighing in even before any of the groups that closely track them.
“In 2010, Wisconsin was one of the 10 worst states in the nation for taxation. Through our common-sense reforms, we brought Wisconsin out of the bottom 20, and we’re putting more money back in the hands of hard-working taxpayers,” Walker said in a statement.