Blog Archive

December 27, 2013 - 8:00am
As the new year approaches, it’s time again for the Forum to reflect on its past year of public policy research and to announce its list of top five research findings for the year. Last year’s list included findings on quality ratings for Milwaukee...
December 20, 2013 - 7:55am
A December 7th article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the changing nature of manufacturing work: more automation and fewer jobs. This follows a November 21st article also in the Journal Sentinel  which laid out the most...
December 19, 2013 - 7:30am
In recent years, the divergence between where workers live in the Milwaukee metropolitan area and where jobs are located – also known as the “spatial mismatch” – has been well-documented, particularly in the context of declining public...
December 12, 2013 - 2:45pm
When the Forum was approached by the Spirit of Milwaukee late last year to consider researching the needs of the region’s arts and cultural assets, our initial reaction was reluctance. We knew we could provide an important perspective given our...
November 26, 2013 - 8:45am
Service sharing among local governments has been a prominent item on the Forum’s research agenda since the summer of 2011, when we helped form a “Shared Services and Cooperation Work Group” for Milwaukee County’s Intergovernmental Cooperation...
October 31, 2013 - 7:30am
Public Schooling in Southeast Wisconsin 2012-2013 is the 27th in a series of Public Policy Forum annual reports on K-12 education policy, funding, academic achievement, and demographics in the southeast Wisconsin region (Milwaukee, Waukesha,...
October 16, 2013 - 7:25am
The Public Policy Forum’s annual review of Milwaukee County’s recommended budget  -- which we release this morning – cites a short list of controversial budget cuts and several new areas of reinvestment as the latest evidence that the county’s...
October 14, 2013 - 7:30am
The City of Milwaukee’s past decisions to build up reserves and rethink its health care benefits make its 2014 budget far more palatable than one would expect given a huge spike in pension fund contributions and continued flat revenues.  That’s...
October 8, 2013 - 8:00am
There’s a concept in economics known as a multiplier, which basically says that the initial impact of some action induces a secondary effect that may be even larger than that initial impact. Like a ripple effect.  The same principle applies to...
September 12, 2013 - 8:00am
Today, the Forum releases its latest report on local government shared services: an examination of three potential scenarios for creating a consolidated fire department to serve the cities of Cudahy, South Milwaukee and St. Francis.  We find...

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