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August 7, 2009 - 6:00am
After several successive years of property tax rate decreases and a slight increase in 2008, gross property tax rates in Southeastern Wisconsin increased 2.8% in 2009, according to the Public Policy Forum’s latest report on property taxes and values...
July 24, 2009 - 8:00am
Survey results released today by the Public Policy Forum conclude that MPS Kindergarten teachers feel high quality early childhood education can have positive impacts on school readiness and academic performance. The survey is part of the Forum's...
July 23, 2009 - 10:45am
The more things change, the more they stay the same when it comes to Milwaukee County's mass transit debate.In the wake of Governor Doyle's veto of a Milwaukee County-only transit authority with sales tax authority, the county's struggling transit...
July 22, 2009 - 2:26pm
By: Anonymous
It is an uphill battle to revitalize downtown retail in this economy, but Milwaukee’s downtown Business Improvement District is responding by hiring Deanna Inniss to recruit retailers to the city.One may question why her list of tasks, as reported...
July 21, 2009 - 8:45am
With Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lee Holloway's proposal to abolish the position of county executive, and County Executive Scott Walker's counter-proposal to eliminate all of county government, policymakers and opinion leaders in Greater...
July 17, 2009 - 12:30pm
A new federal study of standardized test scores finds Wisconsin has the most persistent achievement gap in the nation between African-American and white students. This story received prominent play in the New York Times on Tuesday, but was covered...
July 10, 2009 - 8:30am
Television and newspaper coverage of the new Urban Mobility Report from the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) has emphasized the $300 million annual cost of traffic congestion to Milwaukee area commuters while also acknowledging that Metro...
July 7, 2009 - 8:55am
Tax incremental financing (TIF) is the most widely used economic development tool of local governments in Wisconsin. TIF uses future property tax revenue to provide up-front assistance for real estate developments. Notable projects such as Grand...
June 30, 2009 - 10:08am
The Forum's latest report, on the need for science and math skills in the state's future workforce (which was reported in Sunday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and followed-up with an editorial today) highlights opportunities for the state to...
June 29, 2009 - 7:00am
The Public Policy Forum's latest report, released today, finds that of the 10 career clusters predicted to grow the most over the next five years, seven include occupations requiring strong backgrounds in science, math, technology, or engineering (...

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