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May 5, 2009 - 7:00am
By: Anonymous
The housing bubble burst and subsequent foreclosure crisis have brought the need for affordable rental housing into sharp and immediate focus for many affected families locally. However, even before home prices crashed, the rental housing market in...
April 29, 2009 - 8:10am
Governor Doyle's proposal to reduce the state corrections budget by allowing for early release of some inmates has been controversial, with some law enforcement officials concerned about the message early release sends to would-be criminals, while...
April 22, 2009 - 10:30am
By: Anonymous
The health of America’s big corporations dominates daily business and economic news. But as market watchers contemplate whether the latest corporate earnings statements signal that the current economic crisis has hit bottom, policymakers can ill-...
April 16, 2009 - 9:50am
Former UW-Madison political science professor Donald F. Kettl, leader of the "Kettl Commission" (which worked on reforming government structure in Wisconsin nearly a decade ago), pens a foreboding piece in this month's Governing magazine.Entitled "...
April 14, 2009 - 11:35am
Many hoped that the long-awaited audit of MPS finances and operations, which was released last week, would provide step-by-step instructions for fixing the looming MPS budget imbalance, not to mention improving student achievement. Instead, the...
April 3, 2009 - 8:04am
The latest results of the longitudinal evaluation of Milwaukee's school choice program were released by the School Choice Demonstration Project (SCDP) at a Forum Eye-Opener Breakfast last week. (You can listen to the podcast here.)Dr. Patrick Wolf,...
March 30, 2009 - 9:00am
The notion that government should even consider leasing public assets to the private sector evokes passionate debate. But whether or not one is disposed ideologically to support that strategy, it is clear that the number of public-private...
March 27, 2009 - 10:26am
I have a secret algorithm for filling out my NCAA basketball bracket, since I know nothing about basketball, that entails complex calculations filling numerous spreadsheets. In collecting the data I needed to make my picks last week, I came across...
March 24, 2009 - 9:00am
It has been almost three years since Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker launched a “reality tour” to warn citizens about county government’s deteriorating financial situation, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel followed up with a multi-part...
March 19, 2009 - 9:00am
By: Anonymous
We’ve all heard of the brain drain—that powerful vacuum sucking all of the college-educated young professionals out of cities like Milwaukee. More recent reporting suggests that many who leave later return to the Milwaukee area. What do these...

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