Blog Archive

April 1, 2010 - 8:00am
The severity of our recent recession has forced local governments to respond in ways that they would admit are less than ideal. For example, the need for instant savings has produced furloughs, shortened work weeks, and even truncated school weeks...
March 17, 2010 - 12:00pm
As elected officials, business leaders and economic development officials across the country work to position their regions to compete successfully in the 21st century global economy, "innovation" has become a key theme.While not easily definable, "...
March 15, 2010 - 7:30am
Interesting news out of Indianapolis, where Mayor Greg Ballard has announced plans to move forward with a sale of the city's water and sewer utilities. The deal reportedly would net the city an upfront payment of $425 million, which it would use to...
March 12, 2010 - 8:00am
The winter 2010 People Speak Poll, conducted in conjunction with the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research at UWM and The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee, focuses on water issues including quality, quantity, governance, and economic...
March 9, 2010 - 9:00am
In an intriguing piece in Sunday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Alan Borsuk suggests a simple solution to curb runaway health care costs for the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS): eliminate the district's preferred provider health care option, and...
March 4, 2010 - 8:00am
How to define and measure poverty in the U.S. has long been an issue of debate. This is not an esoteric argument--most federal and state entitlement and benefit programs tie eligibility to need using the official measure of poverty. Any move to...
March 2, 2010 - 8:00am
By: Anonymous
Last week’s “Water and People” conference presented by the Marquette University Law School underscored the importance of water to Wisconsin in terms of a natural resource, an economic development driver, and a commodity to be regulated and...
February 22, 2010 - 8:30am
Government furlough days are in the local news again, with a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday that Milwaukee County may consider up to 10 additional required days off without pay this year for certain employees. But Milwaukee...
February 19, 2010 - 7:00am
In the Forum's 12th annual census of schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), we found that recent regulation changes have had an impact on the number of schools participating in the program. Between the 2008-09 and...
February 9, 2010 - 7:00am
By: Anonymous
The Governing Magazine web site recently published a provocative piece declaring the first decade of the 21st century the "decade of infrastructure." While acknowledging the many infrastructure challenges still facing the United States, the piece...

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