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June 21, 2007 - 9:27am
By: Anonymous
Recently, there was an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel which reported questions being raised about a public assistance package for a proposed downtown hotel in Waukesha. In the article, the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) package...
June 19, 2007 - 9:35am
What's the hottest new component of neighborhood development? Playground design. As childhood obesity grows and schools devote less time to recess, the importance of good playground design garners more attention. Last week's Newsweek highlights...
June 13, 2007 - 10:35am
By: Anonymous
An item in the Journal Sentinel this morning noted the Public Policy Forum is in the market for a new president. That's because I notified the Forum's Board of Trustees that I will be stepping down as president early next year. I wanted the board to...
June 12, 2007 - 9:24am
A new report from the Brookings Institution finds, in a reversal of trends, that large urban cores will have fewer seniors than the suburbs as the baby boomer generation "ages in place." The suburbs are aging faster than cities and, in most parts of...
June 8, 2007 - 11:42pm
By: Anonymous
We seldom hear of the fiscal impact that tax increment financing (TIF) districts have on the budgets of governments other than municipal government. For example, how does the passage of a TIF district in the City of Milwaukee affect the budget of...
June 6, 2007 - 9:15am
By: Anonymous
For several years, $91.5 million in federal aid has been sitting around waiting to be spent on a new mass transit plan for the Milwaukee area. This pool of money has received a lot of publicity lately, some of it from people who find it appalling...
June 5, 2007 - 3:09pm
By: Anonymous
Make plans to attend the Forum’s 15th annual “Salute to Local Government.” See how innovation among local governments can result in the efficient implementation of services and use of tax dollars. It’s the only event (that we’re aware of) in...
June 1, 2007 - 9:52am
By: Anonymous
I recently read an intriguing article in the "World in 2007" issue of The Economist magazine. In a full-page letter, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former Russian oil tycoon serving a nine-year jail sentence for fraud and tax evasion, gave his thoughts on...
May 31, 2007 - 1:23pm
Wisconsin's class size reduction program, SAGE, provides extra state aid to schools serving low-income students that maintain a maximum pupil/teacher ratio of 15:1 in K5-3rd grade classrooms. Apparently the Department of Public Instruction (DPI)...
May 25, 2007 - 8:55am
At the Forum's Viewpoint Luncheon May 9, we had a panel of speakers representing the various health care reform plans now being batted about in Madison, as well as a speaker representing a more market-based view. All of the panelists agreed that...

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