by Pamela Villarreal
National Center for Policy Analysis
August 14, 2014
On average, Wisconsin loses $136 million a year in adjusted gross income from residents moving to other states. That is equal to nearly $2.5 billion over the past two decades. Money leaving the state means less investment in local businesses, less revenue for state and local governments and less being spent on Wisconsin goods and services. The state’s burdensome tax climate may be to blame for money leaving the state at such an alarming rate. Our analysis compares state tax burdens across the country to see if it is advantageous to move from Wisconsin to a different state.