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Oil dominates this economy

Back in July 2014, not many people knew that oil was selling for over $100 per barrel. Today, with oil hovering around $30 per barrel, the discussion over how low the price of oil will fall has replaced the debate over whether the Packers should have gone for two points. Quite simply, the law of […]

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Highest tax revenue in 2015

The December issue of The Wisconsin Taxpayer reports that Wisconsinites paid $27.9 billion in state and local taxes in 2015. That’s equal to 11.0 percent of total personal income in the state or an average of about $4,800 for every Wisconsin resident. Which of the following generated the most tax revenue in Wisconsin in 2015? […]

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Total tax burden 2015

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance reported that Wisconsinites paid an estimated $80 billion in taxes in 2015. The $80 billion consists of a wide variety of taxes including federal and state income taxes, Social Security taxes, Wisconsin sales taxes, property taxes, gas and fuel taxes, and cigarette taxes. Payments to the State of Wisconsin totaled $18 […]

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What impact will raises have on Wal-Mart’s bottom line?

Last February, Wal-Mart announced that they would be raising the starting hourly wage at their U.S. stores to $9.00 per hour. In his annual address to stockholders in October, Wal-Mart President and CEO Doug McMillon stated that this increase will cost the company $1.2 billion in 2015. The same day, Wal-Mart’s stock price fell over […]

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Downtown Economics Newsletter

DECEMBER, 2015:  Five Keys to Downtown Success:  Leverage – Spatial Relationships – Collaboration – Community Health – Support Local. A Presentation by Gary Becker at the 2015 Wisconsin Small Town Downtown Forums.  

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Charitable Giving Season Part 2

Giving USA, an annual study on charitable giving conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, reports that Americans donated $359 billion to charities in 2014. That is the highest annual total since the research was first conducted in 1955.  Which of the following gave the most to charities in 2014? Individuals Corporations […]

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Tourism & Natural Resources Publications

The Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) has been authoring research studies and reports for nearly 25 years.  The earliest of those are archived in our offices.  The vast majority of the files have economic impact studies, most related to recreation/tourism/visitors.  The topics include: agriculture, government, manufacturing, recreation, services and retail, and transportation.  Some are sorted by region of the state.  The studies are mostly dated, but we maintain these hardcopy files in order to offer best practices models and to support research efforts that aim to offer comparisons over time and place.  If you are doing a project and find that our files may be of interest, simply email the Center at cced@uwex.edu and request that we scan a particular document and email it to you.

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$upport for Professional Development

Colleagues, Over the past few years, the Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) has supported county, tribal and regional educators’ professional development in a number of ways. We have annually offered to cover the registration costs of the Basic Economic Development Course offered in collaboration with the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA), typically held in Madison the first part of September.

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