Blog Archive

October 17, 2016 - 7:20am
If there is one thing you can count on pertaining to the City of Milwaukee’s annual proposed budget, it’s this: all things being equal, you’re going to get a fiscally responsible budget that preserves key services and addresses pressing...
October 14, 2016 - 7:45am
The Forum’s annual review of the County Executive’s proposed budget typically finds a half dozen or so key decisions that particularly merit our scrutiny based on their long-term financial impact and the controversy they have engendered with the...
October 4, 2016 - 7:30am
Mentoring has been recognized nationally as an effective strategy for ensuring that children complete high school, attend college, and avoid risky behavior. While dozens of organizations provide mentoring opportunities for youth in Milwaukee, those...
October 3, 2016 - 11:00am
I was talking recently with an individual who was very active in the Forum years ago and who continues to have high praise for our work. As often happens when I talk to people who appreciate the Forum's research, the conversation turned to impact –...
September 18, 2016 - 9:00pm
In August 2009, the Public Policy Forum published Between a Rock and a Hard Place, a detailed examination of the City of Milwaukee's finances. The report was released just weeks after Mayor Barrett had proclaimed the City’s upcoming 2010 budget "by...
September 12, 2016 - 9:50pm
Many times in life we have possessions that we take for granted; something that we might invest in, and are proud of when it is brand new. Over time it begins to lose its luster because it has always been there, and - in our minds - it is always...
September 9, 2016 - 8:55am
A friend who lives in Toronto recently told me about her daily commute to work via streetcar. “It is way too expensive to park downtown near my job, and the streetcar is my best option. But it’s frustrating how long it takes to get to and from work...
September 8, 2016 - 9:45pm
Seven years removed from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, southeast Wisconsin appears to have returned to a state of "normalcy" with regard to property values and property tax collections, marked by modest increases in both....
August 18, 2016 - 7:45am
In 2011, Wisconsin implemented YoungStar, a child care quality rating and improvement system. The goals of YoungStar included improving the quality of child care within the state, creating an easy way for parents to identify and choose quality child...
August 10, 2016 - 11:48am
Synergy, according to the Miriam-Webster Dictionary, is the increased effectiveness that results when two or more people or businesses work together. It exists in business ventures and public-private collaborations, and even amongst non-profits;...

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