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May 27, 2010 - 9:30am
Milwaukee is often called ground zero for education reform, and for good reason. We have been on the forefront of reforms such as budget decentralization, school-to-work, neighborhood schools, parental choice, charter schools and, the most recent...
May 25, 2010 - 8:45am
By: Anonymous
Milwaukee County Parks Director Sue Black's assertion last week that her department lacks the funds to take over the Farm and Fish Hatchery has reignited debate about the farm. This year's county budget transferred the program – a perennial target...
May 17, 2010 - 8:00am
Two local university professors have waded into one of the most controversial public policy questions of our day: is the compensation of government workers out of line with the private sector?The relevance of the question is obvious in the wake of...
April 30, 2010 - 7:30am
The City of Milwaukee's recent announcement of a $23 million budget surplus for 2009 - following closely on the heels of Milwaukee County's announcement of an $8.9 million surplus - has engendered the expected spin-doctoring from the gubernatorial...
April 29, 2010 - 8:00am
By: Anonymous
A Public Policy Forum survey of healthcare employers finds that despite near-record unemployment rates in the region, southeast Wisconsin’s healthcare sector faces a distinctive challenge: finding sufficient numbers of qualified and trained workers...
April 27, 2010 - 8:30am
Faced with its toughest budget ever, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has made service cuts so severe they've garnered national (and international) media attention from outlets ranging from CNN to the Wall Street Journal. The stories have each been...
April 26, 2010 - 8:00am
The need to engage in long-term strategic planning has been a consistent theme from the Public Policy Forum in our analyses of local government budgets, as well as our reports on local government policies in areas like economic development and...
April 15, 2010 - 8:00am
Over the past few days, four former MPS superintendents have met in two public forums to share the lessons they have learned about running the state's largest school district. In both forums a recurring theme was Howard Fuller's contention that: "I...
April 9, 2010 - 7:45am
By: Anonymous
A new study from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) examines the costs of serving homeless individuals and families and explores cost-saving possibilities in differentiating services according to individual characteristics.HUD...
April 7, 2010 - 8:43am
Amid all the concern about government budget woes both nationally and locally, good news is emerging about the ability of some governments to respond by pursuing greater efficiencies.A recent example comes from Philadelphia, where the Inquirer...

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