PPF-WISTAX Merger Announcement Letter


We have some very exciting news: The Public Policy Forum and Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance are merging! We will combine nearly 190 years of collective tradition, expertise, and credibility to create one of the country’s premier independent government research organizations.

The merger will allow us to develop a more effective, more visible platform to better educate, inform, and engage policymakers, citizens, taxpayers, and the media. We will continue to focus on issues important to state government, local government, schools, Metro Milwaukee, and Wisconsin’s economy. We will continue to provide impartial data and analysis to enable government leaders and the public to make informed decisions.

Unanimously endorsed by both organizations' leadership teams and governing boards, this merger is both timely and strategic. It produces tremendous opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing among a larger team of researchers, a more diversified funding base, increased organizational efficiencies, and expanded audience reach.

What won’t change, however, is our shared mission of providing informed, objective, nonpartisan, and actionable analysis of the critical issues that impact our economy and quality of life. That mission has guided both organizations throughout their impressive histories and will remain evident in everything we do.

As a true merger, our new executive committee will be comprised of equal representation from each legacy organization. Current PPF President Rob Henken will serve as the organization’s president, with current WISTAX Research Director Dale Knapp serving as research director. WISTAX President Todd Berry is retiring but will continue to advise the team as we finalize the merger. We expect the legal work surrounding the merger to be completed by the end of the year; other elements of the transformation, including the new name and membership details, will be completed over the next several weeks and into 2018.

We will move forward thoughtfully and deliberately, ensuring we maximize the potential of the new organization while also creating a seamless transition for our stakeholders. That means we will continue to deliver the insightful in-depth reports, newsletters, speeches to business and civic groups, presentations to legislative bodies, robust public education, and media interviews you have come to expect from our two organizations. At the same time, we will be exploring ways to expand and modernize how we engage current and new audiences, and how we can be even more effective in promoting good government in Wisconsin.

On behalf of our respective organizations, thank you very much for your support over the years. We pledge to continue earning that support as a combined organization. If we can answer any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to reach out. In the meantime, the press release announcing our merger and a brief question-and answer document are available on our respective websites.