Public Policy Forum Research


The Public Policy Forum aims to build public understanding of local government finances through comprehensive fiscal assessments and annual budget briefs. These reports shed light on the state of governmental fiscal affairs and their associated impacts on valued public services. Recent publications include in-depth financial reviews of Milwaukee County, the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and Milwaukee Public Schools. The Forum has complemented these projects with annual budget reviews for two of the area’s largest taxing bodies, Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee. In addition to these published reports, the Forum regularly works with local government agencies, providing more focused analyses in areas that can improve financial strength.

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Nov, 2000
Although Waukesha County and Milwaukee County differ in many ways, they have similar budgets for 2001.
Oct, 2000
Every state's mouth waters at the thought of being at the heart of economic transformation.
Oct, 2000
The City of Milwaukee approaches 2001 in a stable economic position.
Apr, 2000
The benefits of favorable economic conditions are trickling down to property owners in the five-county Milwaukee metropolitan area.
Oct, 1999
Over the past decade, city government in Milwaukee has been run in some ways like a modern corporation, viewing citizens as customers, downsizing operations, promoting competition, expecting higher productivity through efficient management and...