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, 2011
In a series of budget briefs and reports produced during the past three years, the Public Policy Forum consistently has urged Milwaukee County’s leaders to recognize the structural nature and depth of their fiscal problems and to develop a strategic...
Oct, 2011
The 2012 proposed budget for the City of Milwaukee represents a second consecutive year of relative calm before a likely return of dark fiscal storm clouds within the next two years. Dramatic savings related to employee benefits allow the city to...
Aug, 2011
This report is an annual Public Policy Forum publication that analyzes property values and property taxes within the seven-county southeast Wisconsin region. The report’s primary objective is to measure trends in property values – one of the region’...
Aug, 2011
Pull-out poster providing Southeastern Wisconsin property value and tax increases in an easily readable format.
Aug, 2011
This Public Policy Forum Budget Preview is the latest in a series of Forum research reports examining the fiscal and structural challenges facing Milwaukee County government. In addition to publishing annual budget briefs analyzing the county...
Jul, 2011
A substantial majority of respondents to the latest People Speak poll say they are satisfied with the services they receive from their city, town, or village government. The poll of 391 residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha...

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