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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Oct, 2015
Twenty years ago, leaders from Milwaukee County’s seven North Shore municipalities (Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood, and Whitefish Bay) made the bold decision to share fire and emergency medical services....
Sep, 2015
A new report - jointly released with the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI), our project partner who served as the lead author - suggests several strategies to shore up services for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD)...
Sep, 2015
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. Our 2015 report finds that property tax levies...
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....

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