Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Tax Policy

La Follette School students conducted research and analysis for State Rep. Tip McGuire and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities as their culminating Workshop in Public Affairs (PA 869) projects in Spring 2020.

With funding from the Kohl Initiative, the La Follette School has hired Assistant Professor Ross Milton, who joins the faculty this fall.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently published an op-ed by La Follette School student Charles Pratt about payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs). Pratt, an officer with the City of Madison Police Department, wrote the op-ed for the State and Local Government Finance (PA 891) course.

The Wisconsin Policy Forum recently published a paper on tax incremental financing (TIF) by La Follette School student Rachel Ramthun. She is the Todd A. Berry Graduate Research Fellow for the Policy Forum.

The abundance of networking opportunities has allowed me to speak with professionals about their careers to determine if it is something I might enjoy, and a few conversations I’ve had have resulted in internship offers.

Austin Frerick (MPA ’14) co-authored a paper about how the corporate tax base has changed during recent years. Frerick and Laura Power, both in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Tax Analysis, used micro-economic tax return data from 1992 to 2013 to compute the first time-series on the normal return fraction for all nonfinancial C corporations, for multinationals, and for industries.

Professor emeritus Andrew Reschovsky briefed members of the Nebraska Legislature’s revenue and education committees about property taxation and school funding.

Governor Scott Walker's budget would lower property taxes for the typical Wisconsin homeowner by allocating an additional $211 million of state spending to the School Levy Credit. However, only about half of any increase in the credit would provide Wisconsin homeowners reduced property taxes on their primary residences.

Virginia Andersen, a 2015 graduate of the La Follette School of Public Affairs, is a program analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Professor discusses impact of soda tax

Professor Jason Fletcher discusses on Wisconsin Public Radio the economic and health impacts of taxing soda in the context of the recent decision by Berkeley, California, to add a one-cent-per-ounce tax on soft drinks.

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