In light of the Supreme Court’s decision, Wisconsin is expected to apply state and local sales taxes to such transactions beginning Oct. 1.
Under Wisconsin law, the state tax of 5 percent is applied to the sales of certain goods and services in Wisconsin. In some areas, it is supplemented with a 0.5 percent county sales tax and a 0.1 percent stadium park district tax.
Compared to other states, Wisconsin’s birth rate is relatively low, ranking 38th of the 50 states and 5.6 percent below the national average of 12.2 births per 1,000 people.
Declining birth rates are especially important in Wisconsin given that since the mid-2000s, the state has lost more residents to migration than it has gained.
Birth and fertility rates in Wisconsin and nationally are influenced by a variety of demographic, social, and economic factors.
Wisconsin’s birth rate has fallen steadily over the past three decades. The number of babies delivered for every 1,000 people in the state is at its lowest point in at least a generation.
This Fiscal Fact by the Wisconsin Police Forum addresses how cuts in bus services amidst a decline in bus ridership would create a further downward spiral.
Increased local funding, primarily through property taxes, appears to be one way transit systems have avoided service cuts and actually increased service.
A strong economy, low gas prices, and the rise of ride-hailing services are possible factors driving a decline in bus ridership statewide and nationally.
Between 2014 and 2017, Wisconsin’s five largest transit systems each increased service overall, yet ridership declined among four of the five.