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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Jan, 2009
As the first state to offer universal preschool to three‐year‐olds, Illinois’ experience with early childhood education (ECE) policy reform efforts offers valuable lessons about how such change takes shape. The confluence of factors...
Jan, 2009
Minnesota experienced significant advancement of early childhood education (ECE) issues in the past five years, integrating contributions from researchers, corporations, advocates, foundations, education, public officials and government entities. It...
Nov, 2008
The Public Policy Forum’s role in the Audit of Greater Milwaukee’s Regional Cultural Assets was to examine the fiscal condition of those cultural assets owned and/or funded by Milwaukee County: the Milwaukee Public Museum, Marcus Center for the...
Sep, 2008
On the reverse side of this report we present a resource map of Wisconsin's workforce development system that is intended to graphically bridge together state and federal funding specifically devoted to employment and training programs administered...
Aug, 2008
Worldwide there is increased attention to issues associated with climate change. While policy makers at various levels grapple with the broad policy issues associated with mitigating climate change, a portion of consumers and businesses are taking...
May, 2008
The recent history of transit in Milwaukee County is one marked by desperation and false hope. Simply put, public funding sources have not kept pace with growth in operating costs. While warning about the consequences, transit officials have averted...

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