Blog Archive

September 17, 2012 - 7:50am
The Public Policy Forum is launching a new project this fall that is somewhat distinct from our usual portfolio of public policy research, facilitation and deliberation.  It's called the "Excellence in Public Policy Reporting" fellowship, and we see...
August 8, 2012 - 8:00am
The title of an article by Alan Greenblatt in this month's Governing magazine asks a question that has received considerable attention in Milwaukee County during the past few years: Are counties "an outdated concept or the future"?   Local...
July 26, 2012 - 8:00am
Wisconsin’s workforce development system is comprised of a broad range of employment and training services, from job search and placement assistance to vocational rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities. The Forum’s latest report –...
July 17, 2012 - 10:00am
Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that tight state budgets have resulted in several governors adopting Internet sales tax agreements with online retailers that require these sellers to collect state sales taxes at the time of purchase, even...
July 12, 2012 - 8:00am
To what should Milwaukee County attribute its declining adult and juvenile detention population? This question took shape in a research brief published a year ago by the Public Policy Forum, entitled “Milwaukee County Detainee Populations at...
July 5, 2012 - 8:00am
In our latest report on child care policy in Wisconsin, released today, the Forum estimates between 24,000 and 30,000 school-age children attend afterschool programs in Milwaukee.  Starting this week, these school-age programs will now be subject to...
June 28, 2012 - 8:00am
Since 2001, three Milwaukee nonprofit agencies have collaborated on a program that provides financial oversight, budget counseling, and supportive case management to more than 200 homeless adults with disabilities each year. A new Forum report...
June 11, 2012 - 8:00am
The aggregate gross tax levy for southeast Wisconsin totaled $3.9 billion for 2012, a decrease of 0.3% over the previous year and the first decrease since at least 2000. Until this year’s slight decrease, the aggregate levy increased annually,...
June 1, 2012 - 8:30am
Later this month, the Public Policy Forum will hold its 20th annual Salute to Local Government awards breakfast, which recognizes outstanding performance by governments, school districts and individual local government officials.  The 2012 winners...
May 30, 2012 - 8:00am
A new report released by the Public Policy Forum this morning finds that the five municipal fire departments in the southern part of Milwaukee County work closely together, providing mutual aid in times of high activity and cooperating in areas...

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