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News Release | WISPIRG | Tax

Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average Wisconsin Taxpayer $773 a Year, Wisconsin Small Businesses $2,746

With Tax Day approaching, it’s a good time to be reminded of where our tax dollars are going. Today WISPIRG released a new study which revealed that the average Wisconsin taxpayer in 2012 would have to shoulder an extra $773 in taxes to make up for the revenue lost due to the use of offshore tax havens by corporations and wealthy individuals.  To make up the burden of revenue lost due to corporate tax haven abuse, Wisconsin small businesses would have to pay an extra $2,746 every year. Closing these loopholes is a common sense solution that every lawmaker should support.

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Report | WISPIRG | Tax

Picking Up the Tab 2013

Many multinational corporations and wealthy Americans use accounting tricks and offshore tax havens to avoid paying taxes on profits and income that they earned in the U.S. Right now these practices are perfectly legal - and that's the problem. Revenues that are earned from sales and work here in the United States are hidden overseas and it costs the U.S. up to $150 billion in lost tax revenue every single year.

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Media Hit | Budget

Wisconsin's Government Receives "F" for Financial Transparency Online

Wisconsin is one of five states that received an "F" Tuesday for how it makes government spending available online.
 

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News Release | WISPIRG | Democracy

Over 18,000 Wisconsinites Call for a Statewide Vote on Citizens United

In just the early stages of a coalition drive to get a statewide referendum on Citizens United for the people of Wisconsin, over 18,000 Wisconsinites have signed a petition calling on the Legislature to put the issue to the people. Since the Supreme Court's disastrous 2010 ruling, every election at the state and national level has been subject to a new flood of special interest cash as individuals, corporations, and unions can now use Super PACs to financially support their preferred candidates without limits. This creates an unlevel playing field for all Americans trying to have their voice heard in our democratic process and grants disproportionate to wealthy, powerful special interests. The people of Wisconsin deserve a direct, citizens vote to weigh in on the nature of our elections.

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Blog Post | Health Care

The Supreme Court and the High Cost of Prescription Drugs | Bruce Speight

Everyone knows prescription drugs cost more than they should.  But I find many people are surprised to learn about one of the key ways drug companies keep prices high:  Paying off competitors to keep generics off the market.

 

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News Release | WISPIRG | Safe Energy

New Report Shows Building New Nuclear Plants Is A Bad Investment

With the state considering solutions to reduce our global warming pollution, a new WISPIRG report finds that renewable energy sources can produce far more electricity than nuclear plants for less money.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

Diverse Coalition Endorses RTA Proposal

With the Joint Finance Committee scheduled to take up Governor Doyle’s Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) proposal Thursday, a diverse coalition of business, labor, municipal, environmental, religious, and public interest organizations have come together to urge the legislature, and members of the Joint Finance Committee, to support the RTA proposal in A.B. 75.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Transportation

Obama Issues Plan for $8 Billion High Speed Rail Grant Program

Following today’s announcement by the Obama Administration regarding a program that will allow governors to apply for a share of $8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds set aside for high-speed passenger rail projects, WISPIRG and UEDA today applauded Governor Doyle for showing leadership and collaboration in ensuring Wisconsin aggressively pursues funding that will set the stage for future transportation improvements, bring much needed jobs to the region, and put Wisconsin on the path to leading the nation in 21st Century transportation innovations.

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