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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Jul, 2011
This paper is designed to assist in the exploration of Milwaukee's revenue side of the budget equation by investigating ways in which other city governments across the country raise revenue, and hypothesizing the impacts these alternative revenue...
Jun, 2011
Throughout the country, governments struggling to address difficult fiscal problems are turning to corrections budgets as a potential source of relief. In fact, as recently reported by the Pew Center for the States, “with states facing the worst...
Jun, 2011
In this report, the fourth in a series of local government fiscal assessments, the Public Policy Forum seeks to provide financial context for deliberations over the scope of MMSD’s flood control and water quality improvement efforts. Using the same...
Mar, 2011
Milwaukee-area citizens cite the state’s budget as “the most important issue facing the seven-county Milwaukee region,” according to the latest People Speak poll, conducted in late February and early March. Jobs had been the top concern of...
Mar, 2011
The recent appointment of a new superintendent, the need for priority-setting in the face of dramatic state budget cuts, and increased national attention on school reform have elevated the performance of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to the...
Jan, 2011
In this 2011 election brief, we begin with an overview of Milwaukee County’s budget and finances that provides a broad sense of the county’s budgetary structure and its longstanding fiscal challenges. Then, we summarize and update our recent...

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