Public Policy Forum Research

 

The Public Policy Forum aims to build public understanding of local government finances through comprehensive fiscal assessments and annual budget briefs. These reports shed light on the state of governmental fiscal affairs and their associated impacts on valued public services. Recent publications include in-depth financial reviews of Milwaukee County, the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and Milwaukee Public Schools. The Forum has complemented these projects with annual budget reviews for two of the area’s largest taxing bodies, Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee. In addition to these published reports, the Forum regularly works with local government agencies, providing more focused analyses in areas that can improve financial strength.

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Sep, 2016
Our new research finds that local streets, highways, bridges, and buses owned by the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County have substantial investment needs, and that those needs will be more difficult to meet as overall financial pressures limit...
Sep, 2016
Our property tax and values report is an annual publication that measures trends in property values and examines how they impact the capacity of local governments and school districts to raise revenues. We find that the region's gross property tax...
Jul, 2016
Our new report analyzes emergency communications and dispatching in Milwaukee County and opportunities for enhanced coordination with the County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). We find there are some immediate steps that should be considered...
May, 2016
Our annual review of the Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent's proposed budget finds that the district is able to invest in several strategic priorities, even though it continues to struggle with its perennial challenges of flat state aids...
Oct, 2015
Our analysis of the 2016 Milwaukee County recommended budget finds that the County is making substantial headway in its long and grueling march from perennial financial crisis to relative fiscal normalcy. However, that progress prompts questions...
Oct, 2015
Our analysis of the 2016 City of Milwaukee proposed budget finds that the budget avoids cuts to key services and limits increases in local revenues. However, the beneficial fiscal circumstances that have eased pressure on the City's finances in...

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