Pulling Apart 2012: Wisconsin's Growing Income Inequality

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November 26, 2012
By: COWS and the Wisconsin Budget Project

The income disparity between Wisconsin’s richest and poorest families continues to widen, according to Pulling Apart 2012, a new report by COWS and the Wisconsin Budget Project. This analysis of Wisconsin Department of Revenue data finds that Wisconsin’s richest residents have experienced dramatic increases in inflation-adjusted income since the mid-1990s, while middle- and lower-income Wisconsinites saw their incomes stagnate or decrease.


Between 1996 and 2010, the bottom 40 percent of Wisconsin earners experienced an average decrease of $2,407 in their adjusted gross income, measured in 2012 dollars. The top fifth of income tax filers saw an increase in earnings of more than $17,000 over this period.

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