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School leaders to hear Berry on poverty, school funding, and demographics

MADISON — Todd A. Berry, President of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), will discuss the state’s changing demographics and its impact on poverty, school funding, taxes, and government finance when he meets with school leaders from CESA #11 on Wednesday, August 13.

The Cooperative Educational Service Agency #11 (CESA) provides educational services to over 50,000 students and their families, and support for 4,000 teachers in 39 school districts in Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, and Washburn counties.

Berry will share insights gleaned from WISTAX research on the state’s shifting demographics and how it is creating a “perfect storm” of trouble for the state’s economy and future prospects.

The 6 p.m. meeting will be held at the CESA #11 office, 225 Ostermann Dr., Turtle Lake.

WISTAX is an independent nonprofit research organization dedicated to citizen education since 1932. It is considered the state’s leading nonpartisan authority on state government finance and publishes a biweekly newsletter and monthly magazine.  It takes no government money and is not affiliated with any state or national organization. You can get WISTAX publications and research at

Berry is a former Assistant Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and Executive Director of the Governor’s Tax Reform Commission.  Previously, he was a marketing executive for one of the state’s oldest family-owned companies.  Berry is a graduate of UW-Madison, Harvard, and the University of Chicago.  He has been president of WISTAX since 1994.