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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Nov, 2006
Giving to local nonprofit organizations has increased 127% since the first Report Card on Charitable Giving was released ten years ago, and 2005 giving is at the highest level since the survey began, according to the 10th Annual Report Card on...
Jul, 2006
By one key measure, the three largest cities in southeastern Wisconsin are property tax havens. That key measure links home values to the net tax rate. As a result, Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee homeowners paid lower property taxes than their...
Jun, 2006
Visual and performing arts and other cultural assets represent an important sector of our economy - just like manufacturing, financial services, or printing. In southeastern Wisconsin in 2005, this industry served 4.5 million customers, engaged 3,...
Apr, 2006
The city of Milwaukee, whose tax base has been lagging behind the region for decades, achieved a turnaround in the latest analysis of property values. The city’s total equalized property value rose nearly 12% to $26.2 billion this year, compared to...
Nov, 2005
The 9th annual analysis of charitable giving in metropolitan Milwaukee found that the economic recovery from the 2001 recession did not translate into increased philanthropy here. On the contrary, total gifts to bellwether organizations declined 10...
May, 2005
Local elected officials in southeastern Wisconsin pride themselves on keeping their tax rates low and their tax rate increases even lower. Comparing the tax rate of one community to another is a favorite pastime among policymakers and home buyers...

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