Blog Archive

July 15, 2016 - 8:00am
As the 2015-2016 Norman N. Gill Civic Engagement Fellow, I have spent the past year examining data from various sources to put a finger on how serious of a challenge obesity presents to Milwaukee.  In An Apple a Day, a new report released today...
July 5, 2016 - 9:45am
Six weeks ago, in my role as President of the Governmental Research Association, I travelled to Wayne State University in Detroit to deliver a speech on "Nonpartisanship in the Age of Polarization." The organizers asked me to provide perspective on...
July 5, 2016 - 9:00am
Milwaukee’s cultural landscape looms especially large this summer. At both large- and small-scales – from Summerfest’s spotlight on local music and the new Bucks Arena groundbreaking to a recent vibrant spread of color and ideas on neighborhood...
July 1, 2016 - 8:00am
In the spring of 2015, the director of Milwaukee County's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) approached the Forum for assistance in answering a set of questions that are precisely the type our organization has urged local government officials to...
June 1, 2016 - 8:20am
The City of Milwaukee is the big winner in this year’s Salute to Local Government awards competition, with projects or individuals affiliated with the City taking home four of the seven awards. The winners were announced today – the full list and...
May 27, 2016 - 11:03am
Yesterday morning, the City of Milwaukee’s Workforce Organizational Reform Committee approved a broad set of changes to the Residents Preference Program (RPP), which links public investments with construction jobs for city residents. Those changes...
May 25, 2016 - 8:00am
You might be familiar with a Twenty One Pilots song called Tear in My Heart, which includes the following lyrics: “I’m driving here I sit, cursing my government, For not using my taxes to fill holes with more cement.” I’m sure some of us have had...
May 18, 2016 - 8:00am
The Public Policy Forum's annual review of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) superintendent's proposed budget finds plenty to like. But, as is typically the case with MPS finances, we find red flags, as well. The most striking element of the...
May 8, 2016 - 9:30pm
Development activity in Milwaukee has reached a breakneck pace, with new project announcements taking place daily. But can this opportunity translate into a substantial number of job opportunities for low-income Milwaukee residents? Are the right...
April 25, 2016 - 7:35am
By: Joe Yeado
Teachers are an indispensable part of the education system. They lead classrooms across our region and serve as the front-line educators for our children. The ability to run a school is predicated on having a steady supply of teachers. Does Greater...

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