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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Mar, 2011
The recent appointment of a new superintendent, the need for priority-setting in the face of dramatic state budget cuts, and increased national attention on school reform have elevated the performance of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to the...
Jan, 2011
In this 2011 election brief, we begin with an overview of Milwaukee County’s budget and finances that provides a broad sense of the county’s budgetary structure and its longstanding fiscal challenges. Then, we summarize and update our recent...
Dec, 2010
Issues related to the appropriate size, role and function of government permeated the recent campaigns for federal, state and local offices. While the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum deliberately shies away from that debate, a key part of our...
Dec, 2010
Most area residents are at least somewhat concerned about increases in energy costs and, accordingly, most say they have taken steps to conserve energy. That’s according to the latest People Speak poll of 395 residents of Southeast Wisconsin, which...
Oct, 2010
In light of the serious and longstanding fiscal problems facing Milwaukee County government, one might have expected the county executive’s 2011 recommended budget to look like his previous budgets, with tough programmatic decisions and proposals...
Oct, 2010
The 2011 City of Milwaukee proposed budget might best be characterized as a “new twist in an old plot.” Permeating throughout the budget is the basic story line articulated in Between a Rock and a Hard Place, the Public Policy Forum’s August 2009...

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