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August 3, 2011 - 8:00am
For those who hoped the changes to collective bargaining or the arrival of a new county executive might finally solve Milwaukee County's longstanding fiscal problems, we are sorry to disappoint. The Public Policy Forum's 2012 Milwaukee County Budget...
July 22, 2011 - 8:00am
The latest edition of the People Speak poll, released today, finds that residents of southeast Wisconsin are mostly satisfied with the services they receieve from their city, town, or village government. The poll, conducted in late June and early...
July 18, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Anonymous
As the Public Policy Forum’s 2010-2011 Norman N. Gill Civic Engagement Fellow, I have completed my year-long project that analyzed how local governments raise revenue. The report, The tools in Milwaukee's revenue toolbox, stems from a 2009 Forum...
July 8, 2011 - 10:05am
There is a common presumption that when it comes to improving public school performance, constructive changes, whether originating at the top or the bottom, cannot take hold unless they are championed by the superintendent. The superintendent of the...
July 1, 2011 - 8:00am
The announcement earlier this week by longtime City of Milwaukee Comptroller Wally Morics that he will not run for re-election in 2012 creates a vacancy in one of our region's most important, but least understood, elected public offices.The...
June 23, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Anonymous
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele recently named Brian Taffora as Milwaukee County’s new director of economic development. According to the press release, the new director will be responsible for achieving Abele’s economic development...
June 17, 2011 - 8:00am
With all of the doom and gloom surrounding the finances of Milwaukee County government, it is certainly worthy of attention when some promising fiscal news emerges from the Courthouse. Consequently, when the Public Policy Forum learned that the...
June 13, 2011 - 8:00am
This morning, the Public Policy Forum released a comprehensive asessment of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). This is the fourth in a series of reports analyzing the financial condition of major Milwaukee area local governments....
June 6, 2011 - 12:00pm
The Public Policy Forum has held an annual awards ceremony to honor outstanding government performance - the Salute to Local Government - for each of the past 18 years. As the Forum prepares to hold its 19th annual Salute on June 23 (see details and...
May 13, 2011 - 11:51am
A New York Times article yesterday noted that financially-challenged municipalities across the country are calling on land-holding non-profit/tax-exempt organizations to make larger contributions in lieu of property taxes. These organizations,...

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