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December 29, 2007 - 4:20pm
By: Anonymous
Recently, the Business Journal ran an article highlighting a just-completed 65-mile, $80 million pipeline that delivers fresh Lake Michigan water to the suburbs of Brown County from Manitowoc, WI. In the article, the Business Journal states that "...
December 27, 2007 - 10:25am
Attention policy wonks--here's a new word for you: "Gray literature" is the term of art for publications from sources like the Forum, which produce reports that are not easily found from centralized indices or catalogues. Here's a more official...
December 19, 2007 - 11:30am
By: Anonymous
On April Fools' Day 2008, Milwaukee citizens will elect people to four-year terms in city and county public offices. Candidates for those offices have an obligation not to fool voters with shallow promises but rather to provide answers to critical...
December 17, 2007 - 2:51pm
By: Anonymous
Advocacy groups, no matter what they advocate, often provide survey research that isn't very useful. That rule of thumb is evident in a recent report that Wisconsinites overwhelmingly oppose universal health insurance. This may be the case, but...
December 13, 2007 - 2:49pm
By: Anonymous
Factors associated with high-quality early childhood education -- higher earnings, less use of welfare, and lower crime rates -- have been found to contribute to higher government revenues and lower government expenditures. Such are the ingredients...
December 12, 2007 - 3:31am
By: Anonymous
"Wisconsin is a tax hell." We've had it drilled into our heads that Wisconsin's tax climate is amongst the worst in the country. Furthermore, we are told by some experts that this burdensome tax environment is responsible for slowing job and...
December 7, 2007 - 10:20am
Among Milwaukee's claims to fame is our status as "ground zero" for the school choice movement. No other city has as large or as long-standing a school choice program as Milwaukee's, which enables over 20,000 low-income students to attend private...
December 5, 2007 - 11:04am
By: Anonymous
As you may have heard, the Wisconsin Alliance of Cities has recently crafted legislation that would allow, by referendum vote only, the creation of regional transit authorities with taxing powers. However, a recent article in the Daily Reporter...
November 30, 2007 - 2:38pm
By: Anonymous
The executive committee of the Public Policy Forum’s board of trustees has selected Rob Henken, the top administrative official in Milwaukee County government, as its next president. He will succeed Jeff Browne at the Forum’s annual meeting in early...
November 30, 2007 - 9:10am
This summer the City of Milwaukee Comptroller's office found that the replacement cycle for the city's streets and alleys was several years longer than their predicted useful life. For alleys, the replacement cycle was found to be 272 years, or 4.5...

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