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October 24, 2011 - 8:20am
This afternoon the Public Policy Forum takes up the topic of the economic impact of academic research at our Viewpoint luncheon. One specific way in which research leads to job creation and business development is via technology transfer – the legal...
October 17, 2011 - 8:05am
In the Public Policy Forum's annual review of the Milwaukee County Recommended Budget - released this morning - we commend the administration’s efforts to establish clear priorities and make difficult decisions, but emphasize there is “still much...
October 14, 2011 - 9:00am
This morning, the Public Policy Forum released its annual evaluation of the mayor's proposed City of Milwaukee budget. The 2012 budget is the city's first since passage of the state budget repair bill that ends collective bargaining for most unions...
September 23, 2011 - 8:00am
A thought-provoking essay in the current issue of National Affairs by the prolific and sardonic Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute calls for a retreat from education reform's long-held focus on closing the achievement gap. Hess feels the...
September 21, 2011 - 8:00am
Given how recent legislative events in Madison have transformed the lives of local government administrators in Wisconsin, it is ironic that hundreds of county and municipal managers from across the country have descended on Milwaukee this week for...
September 16, 2011 - 8:29am
Milwaukee's private school voucher program, now in its twelfth year, is dwarfed by the 30-year-old voucher program in Chile, where almost half of all students attend private voucher schools. The Chilean program is therefore of significant interest...
September 9, 2011 - 8:00am
Werner Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle states that one cannot simultaneously measure the location of a particle while also measuring the momentum of that particle. When you apply this principle to schools, it's a little disheartening--if we...
August 30, 2011 - 8:00am
Two recent reports have raised concerns about healthcare access for low-income Milwaukeeans. First, The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee reported on Aurora Health Care’s relocation of orthopedic and heart surgeons from its Sinai Medical...
August 11, 2011 - 8:00am
The Public Policy Forum's annual analysis of property values and property taxes in the seven-county southeast Wisconsin region - released this morning - finds that the amount of gross property taxes levied by local governments, school districts,...
August 4, 2011 - 8:00am
The open government data movement is a global effort to increase government transparency, civic participation and innovation through public access to municipal data. In the age of the ubiquitous software application (app) for use via personal...

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