Public Policy Forum Research

 

Sound economic development policy is critical to creating jobs, stabilizing local government budgets, and enhancing the region’s quality of life. The Public Policy Forum conducts a variety of research that is designed to inform government and community leaders about the impacts of local economic development policies and practices, as well as best practices nationally. We will continue our in-depth analysis of issues releated to workforce development, transportation, housing, land use, local government economic development policy, tax increment financing, income migration, and related issues.

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Oct, 2009
Milwaukee area citizens are optimistic about their financial futures, yet a sizeable portion report having experienced financial difficulties in the past six months. The People Speak telephone survey of 433 residents of Milwaukee, Waukesha,...
Jul, 2009
Tax incremental financing (TIF) is a mechanism that allows municipalities to use future property tax revenue to fund development projects. Now authorized in 49 states, TIF is the most widely used economic development tool among the nation's local...
May, 2009
In the latest report from its three-year research project on early childhood care and education, the Public Policy Forum conducts a comprehensive analysis of the economic impact of southeast Wisconsin's child care industry. The aim is twofold: to...
May, 2009
Few issues better capture the complex and controversial nature of urban problems facing Metropolitan Milwaukee than the issue of affordable housing. Encompassing matters of racial segregation, poverty and failed public-private partnerships, the...
Jan, 2009
As the push for economic stimulus has states contemplating economic development in new and different ways, Wisconsin may find it helpful to note the unconventional efforts of its neighbors. Minnesota and Illinois have positioned themselves to reap...
Jan, 2009
As the first state to offer universal preschool to three‐year‐olds, Illinois’ experience with early childhood education (ECE) policy reform efforts offers valuable lessons about how such change takes shape. The confluence of factors...

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