The average Wisconsin resident paid $40 less in state and local taxes and had an income almost 6 percent less than the average American in 2008, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Wisconsin Budget Project.
Revenue collected in Wisconsin is further below the national average if all state and locally generated revenue is accounted for, including fees and taxes. The state and local government revenue in Wisconsin was $6,152 per person, $236 below the national average.
In per capita federal revenue, the state received $1,310 per person compared with a national average of $1,582. Wisconsin's ranking in per capita federal revenue dropped to 46th from 35th in 2000.
The analysis also found state and local government spending per capita was $7,541 in 2008 — 4.4 percent below the national average — which brings the state down to a ranking of 22nd. Wisconsin was ranked 12th in 2000.
In state and local taxes relative to income, Wisconsin went from 4th in 2000 to 13th in 2008.
Now what the heck will Charlie Sykes, Mark Belling and Patrick McIlheran use to bash Tom Barrett?*
Oh, wait, I forgot who I was talking about for a minute. Sykes, Belling, et alia never worried about reality when coming up with their squawking points.
*They have to bash Barrett because they can't find anything positive about Scott Walker either.