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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Publications

Aug, 2015
The Public Policy Forum has conducted two comprehensive studies exploring arts, cultural, and entertainment offerings in Milwaukee. In Pulling Back the Curtain, released in December 2013, we assessed the needs of the Milwaukee County-owned parks and...
Jun, 2015
Our new interactive website, developed in partnership with Marquette University Law School, encourages citizens to consider the needs of the region's cultural, recreational, and entertainment assets, and then decide whether and how to pay for them....
May, 2015
  The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) budget brief highlights MPS ability in its 2016 proposed budget to successfully navigate potential cuts in state and federal aids without significant impacts on existing staffing levels and services....
Mar, 2015
This report assesses the fiscal impacts of inpatient and long-term care bed closures at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex and considers how a redesigned system of care will impact the Behavioral Health Division's (BHD) financial future. We...
Feb, 2015
In this report, the Public Policy Forum examines culture and recreation in the "WOW" (Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington) counties. Our research is a follow-up to two recent reports released by the Forum that assessed the needs of cultural and...
Oct, 2014
Whereas the 2014 budget was remarkable by Milwaukee County standards given its manageable structural gap and the opportunity it afforded to reinvest in infrastructure and services, the 2015 recommended budget reflects a more familiar set of fiscal...

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