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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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...
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...

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