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August 22, 2008 - 10:15am
The home foreclosure crisis obviously affects individual homeowners and the entire credit market, but it is also a crisis for local governments. The Pew Center on the States estimates that the nation’s lost property tax base due to foreclosures...
August 21, 2008 - 10:00am
What do Ed McMahon and Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, have in common? They've both faced foreclosure on their homes. It’s an interesting tale as told by Paul Willen, senior economist at the Boston Fed, who...
August 19, 2008 - 9:37am
By: Anonymous
The long-debated issue of election reform resurfaced in Milwaukee recently, when two groups conducting major voter registration drives – the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and the Community Voters Project - reported that...
August 18, 2008 - 11:00am
Today's Journal Sentinel runs the second of a three-part story investigating the outcomes of the Milwaukee Public School district's Neighborhood Schools Initiative (NSI), which increased capacity in neighborhood schools. The reporters, Dave...
August 13, 2008 - 9:45am
Last week's annual Governmental Research Association (GRA) conference in Boston brought together dozens of government researchers from across the country to toss around ideas and hear about national public policy trends and innovations. Perhaps the...
July 31, 2008 - 11:45am
Free-market oriented Reason magazine has compiled a ranking of the top cities for personal freedom. Says the article, "From New York to Los Angeles, from the People’s Republic of Cambridge to the west Texas town of El Paso, city governments are...
July 30, 2008 - 11:30am
If last week's Public Policy Forum Viewpoint Luncheon on the future of county government taught us anything, it's that far-reaching structural reform of our governmental framework will not be easy (to watch the luncheon discussion on the Wisconsin...
July 25, 2008 - 8:28am
Milwaukee's Community Justice Council, formed late last year to promote a coordinated, intergovernmental approach to solving problems confronting Milwaukee's justice system, is beginning to tackle meaty issues as budget season arrives. The Council...
July 17, 2008 - 10:45am
Yesterday's newstory regarding the poor conditions of the restrooms in some Milwaukee County parks could have been written six years ago. Throughout the summer of 2002, the Forum sent trained assessors into the county parks to rate them on...
July 2, 2008 - 10:51am
By: Anonymous
Last week, the newly formed Wisconsin Coalition for a Public Boarding School publicly called for the creation of an urban public boarding school in Milwaukee. The proposal calls for the SEED Foundation, which has operated a school in Washington, D....

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