Just the Facts: The 100-Year History of Milwaukee's Public Policy Forum

Those who follow government and current affairs think they know how public policy is developed. They’ll tell you that it takes place at the intersection of politicians, interest groups, media, and individual citizens. And if they’re talking about how it works in most U.S. cities, they’re correct.

But in the Milwaukee area, there’s a unique, additional player that also has helped shape public policy. A small, nonpartisan, and independent non-profit – dedicated to efficient government, independent research, and cooperation with elected officials – has played an instrumental role in Milwaukee’s policy arena. It has done so without fanfare or the general public’s broad awareness, despite improving the quality of life for area residents and businesses.

And it has been doing this for 100 years.

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