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June 26, 2009 - 9:29am
In a bid to solve some of the city's budget woes, a proposal was floated last fall to privatize the city water works. Opponents of the idea noted that privatization would likely mean higher costs to water users, which in turn caused the common...
June 19, 2009 - 8:00am
Governor Doyle's third attempt to include a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for child care made it through the joint finance committee this time around, but appears not to be included in the Assembly and Senate versions of the budget...
June 17, 2009 - 8:50am
While elected officials and bloggers pontificate about Milwaukee County's mysteriously disappearing budget deficit (now down to an estimated $650,000 based on a new report by the county auditor and county board fiscal and budget analyst, after...
June 11, 2009 - 8:22am
The City of Baltimore has filed a federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo bank, alleging that the bank pushed high-interest subprime mortgages on homebuyers, and deliberately did so more often to African-American borrowers than to whites.Baltimore is...
June 8, 2009 - 9:30am
The Forum has spent considerable time during the past year researching and framing the issues facing Milwaukee County government. We began with a comprehensive analysis of Milwaukee County's transit crisis last May, continued with a Viewpoint...
June 2, 2009 - 11:00am
By: Anonymous
While we wish Milwaukee’s public schools were gaining attention for being top-ranked, or even just “most-improved”, at least the district’s notable challenges have placed it firmly on the radar screen of a number of national programs aiming to help...
May 29, 2009 - 8:00am
By: Anonymous
Lately, mention of child care is likely to evoke recollections of scandal and fraud. What sometimes gets ignored is that child care is an industry in its own right that makes a sizeable contribution to the regional economy.The Public Policy Forum’s...
May 28, 2009 - 11:45am
The Journal Sentinel's Dan Egan and Larry Sandler did a nice job in Monday's newspaper summarizing the issues surrounding a potential long-term lease of the Milwaukee water utility.The story aptly captures the overriding concern likely to be...
May 22, 2009 - 7:30am
There’s no question that the fiscal condition of many local governments has weakened as a result of the compounding effect of the poor economy. Private and public job reductions lower income tax revenues, diminished consumption decreases sales tax...
May 12, 2009 - 10:45am
A recent article by Alan Ehrenhalt, editor of Governing magazine, suggests an interesting approach to bring metro areas closer to the elusive dream of regional government. The piece may be particularly provocative for those areas that have dabbled...

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