Blog Archive

October 15, 2015 - 8:00am
How does a recommended budget show both unmistakable signs of financial improvement but also raise red flags about the future?  That’s one of the key questions addressed by the Public Policy Forum in our annual review of the Milwaukee County...
October 14, 2015 - 8:00am
The month of October reflects a change of weather, scenery, and, of course, the consideration of the City of Milwaukee’s Proposed Budget. In our annual Budget Brief – released this morning – we highlight some of the key proposed investments in 2016...
October 6, 2015 - 8:00am
At the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council's "Shared Services and Cooperation Work Group" – formed at the suggestion of the Forum and the Greater Milwaukee Committee in the spring of 2011 – participants focused on service...
October 2, 2015 - 8:00am
What are the characteristics of the unemployed population served by Milwaukee’s workforce development system? What challenges do they face as they seek employment? Our new analysis attempts to answer those questions by quantifying the prevalence of...
October 1, 2015 - 8:00am
Members and friends of the Forum may have noticed that we’ve been pretty busy lately. During this past quarter we released six reports, which is the most in any quarter since I joined the Forum in January 2008. And, if that’s not prolific enough, we...
September 9, 2015 - 8:00am
In the fall of 2012, the Forum was approached by leaders of Milwaukee County’s Disabilities Services Division (DSD) for assistance in determining the division’s appropriate role in the new system of care for persons with intellectual/developmental...
September 3, 2015 - 9:30pm
Property taxpayers in southeast Wisconsin had little to gripe about in 2015, as the amount of gross property taxes levied across the region declined by 3% ($121 million) from 2014.  Each of the seven counties in the region also saw a dip in...
September 2, 2015 - 8:00am
The overarching finding of our recent report on funding for community development in Milwaukee neighborhoods is that funds coming to Milwaukee from many formula-based federal and state programs have declined over the last seven or eight years. That...
August 26, 2015 - 8:00am
By: Joe Yeado
In these final days of summer, teachers from across the region are heading back to school ahead of students. As they attend faculty meetings, decorate classrooms, and brush off textbooks, teachers are laying the foundation for the upcoming year....
August 24, 2015 - 8:00am
By: Joe Yeado
Of the many provisions included in the forthcoming state biennial budget, few usher in such wholesale change as the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program (OSPP). Authored by Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-...

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