Blog Archive

August 14, 2015 - 8:00am
Recent deliberations over the prospect of a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks have brought up some soul-searching questions for Greater Milwaukee of late. What cultural, social, and economic assets do we need to be a thriving, "major league" metro...
August 4, 2015 - 8:00am
In recent years, concerns have been raised by neighborhood-based organizations in Milwaukee regarding the stability of key public funding sources that support their programs. Our new report analyzes the extent to which local community development...
July 24, 2015 - 8:00am
Last week, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to use $7.5 million from its debt service reserve fund for parks and transit improvements and to provide a cost-of-living salary adjustment to all County employees. Supporters...
July 23, 2015 - 8:00am
Plan commissions are an often overlooked but ubiquitous part of local land use decision-making throughout the Greater Milwaukee region. In a new report released today, we shed light on what plan commissions in southeast Wisconsin look like, what...
July 1, 2015 - 8:30am
A couple of weeks ago, I was taken aback when a long-time supporter of the Forum wondered aloud to me whether our efforts to collect, analyze, and disseminate policy data are worth the effort. It's not that she discounted the quality of our work,...
June 19, 2015 - 7:30am
Service sharing among local governments has been a prominent item on the Forum’s research agenda since the summer of 2011, when we helped form a “Shared Services and Cooperation Work Group” for Milwaukee County’s Intergovernmental Cooperation...
June 17, 2015 - 7:45am
By: Joe Yeado
The Public Policy Forum has released the results of its annual survey of schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. The survey marks the 17th annual census of MPCP schools and remains one of the only publicly available sources...
June 4, 2015 - 1:15pm
Marquette University Law School and the Public Policy Forum have designed an interactive budget simulation game that allows citizens to grapple with the funding needs faced by cultural facilities, parks, and other quality-of-life amenities in...
June 4, 2015 - 8:00am
A primary recommendation of our "Picking Up the Pace" report was for Milwaukee County to consider developing bus rapid transit (BRT) services in the east-west corridor and potentially elsewhere in the region. BRT services feature dedicated bus-only...
June 2, 2015 - 8:00am
Later this month, the Public Policy Forum will hold its 23rd annual Salute to Local Government awards breakfast, which recognizes outstanding performance by governments, school districts and individual...

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