Public Policy Forum Research

 

Our research staff also tackles issues in several other policy areas, such as social services, community justice, transportation, and parks, recreation & culture, where our expertise and impartiality are valued by policymakers and engaged citizens.

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Jul, 2008
This year’s increase in the gross tax rate marked the first such increase in southeastern Wisconsin since at least 2001. The increase was small ($0.03), but may portend coming changes in property tax trends. Data from 2001 and later indicate that as...
Apr, 2008
A gap exists between the current status of child care in the U.S. and best quality child care. This gap is unfortunate, because high quality child care is associated with many short- and long-term economic benefits for both the children and society...
Mar, 2008
Property values in southeastern Wisconsin counties grew 6% last year, a relatively healthy rate but the slowest since at least 2004, and for some counties, the past decade. Also, proximity to northern Illinois looks to be a key factor in fueling...
Nov, 2007
For eleven years, the Report Card on Charitable Giving has provided an in-depth look at giving to a series of bellwether nonprofit organizations in six different sectors in the greater Milwaukee area. In the past, our efforts have primarily focused...
Jun, 2007
A year ago when our annual tax analysis found the smallest increase in the property tax levy in five years, we wondered if that would be the start of a trend. It wasn’t. In retrospect, the relatively small increase of 2.4% was an anomaly. This...
Nov, 2006
In southeastern Wisconsin, our capacity to be competitive in a global economy depends on our ability to guarantee the workforce, infrastructure, and quality of life that will attract and retain businesses and their workers. This holistic view of...

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