Public Policy Forum Research

 

Sound economic development policy is critical to creating jobs, stabilizing local government budgets, and enhancing the region’s quality of life. The Public Policy Forum conducts a variety of research that is designed to inform government and community leaders about the impacts of local economic development policies and practices, as well as best practices nationally. We will continue our in-depth analysis of issues releated to workforce development, transportation, housing, land use, local government economic development policy, tax increment financing, income migration, and related issues.

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Mar, 2010
While the Milwaukee region's economic base is rooted in its manufacturing history, many believe that the region's future prosperity will be tied to its ability to successfully transition its economy into one that is based on knowledge and innovation...
Dec, 2009
Consensus is growing that the quality of early childhood care and education contributes a great deal to regional economic health, and that the current quality of care in southeast Wisconsin is too low. Research has linked high‐quality care with...
Nov, 2009
At least 50% of residents in three of four metro Milwaukee counties say they are in favor of toll roads to fund transportation improvements, while an increase in the gas tax was favored by less than a quarter of residents in each county. High speed...
Oct, 2009
Milwaukee area citizens are optimistic about their financial futures, yet a sizeable portion report having experienced financial difficulties in the past six months. The People Speak telephone survey of 433 residents of Milwaukee, Waukesha,...
Jul, 2009
Tax incremental financing (TIF) is a mechanism that allows municipalities to use future property tax revenue to fund development projects. Now authorized in 49 states, TIF is the most widely used economic development tool among the nation's local...
May, 2009
In the latest report from its three-year research project on early childhood care and education, the Public Policy Forum conducts a comprehensive analysis of the economic impact of southeast Wisconsin's child care industry. The aim is twofold: to...

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