Blog Archive

September 16, 2014 - 8:30am
For the past four years, public and private sector stakeholders in Milwaukee County have been working to redesign the county’s adult mental health system.  Those efforts were prompted, in part, by a report produced by national mental health...
September 5, 2014 - 8:00am
A Public Policy Forum analysis of property values and property taxes in southeast Wisconsin – released this morning – finds that in the aggregate, local governments, school districts, and other taxing entities in southeast Wisconsin levied only 0.2...
July 23, 2014 - 8:00am
Two years ago, in a report that “mapped” the state’s expenditure of workforce development dollars, the Public Policy Forum also called attention to Wisconsin’s projected future worker shortages. We cited Department of Administration estimates that...
July 17, 2014 - 8:00am
We mentioned in an earlier blog post why the strength of Greater Milwaukee’s nonprofit sector is a policy issue worthy of some attention. Accordingly, in a new report released today, we take a look at revenue trends within the nonprofit sector and...
May 30, 2014 - 8:30am
A critical part of the mission of the 101-year-old Public Policy Forum is to monitor the performance of local governments and school districts and to offer our insights – whether solicited or not – when we perceive a need for improvement.  A...
May 23, 2014 - 8:00am
With its major revenue streams flat or declining in 2015, MPS will continue to try to do more with less.  That’s one of the major findings in the Forum’s 2015 MPS budget brief, which we release this morning.  This brief will be an annual...
May 7, 2014 - 9:00am
At first glance, it seems as if The Economist, in a recent post titled “The sharing economy: Remove the roadblocks,” is warning me that local government is setting up barriers to community sharing. The article bemoans the fact that disruption[i] in...
May 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Last week, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) announced $39 million in awards for transportation projects throughout the state that would positively affect air quality, including $17 million for Milwaukee County to add several new...
April 25, 2014 - 7:45am
Milwaukee has no shortage of hot topics surrounding K-12 education – in what form it should take place (public, charter, or voucher schools), what should be taught, how to narrow achievement gaps, and how to hold schools and school districts...
April 22, 2014 - 9:00am
Tax increment financing (TIF) has been mentioned recently in relation to two proposed sports-related developments in southeastern Wisconsin: a new BMO Harris Bradley Center and entertainment district in downtown Milwaukee and a minor-league baseball...

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