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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Feb, 2006
Clean and abundant water is a strategic asset -- central to the Milwaukee area’s history and its future, and to the region’s quality of life and global competitiveness. Unlike counties and states, however, water knows no boundaries, making...
Feb, 2006
Clean and abundant water is a strategic asset -- central to the Milwaukee area’s history and its future, and to the region’s quality of life and global competitiveness. Unlike counties and villages, however, water knows no boundaries, making...
Feb, 2006
The City and County of Milwaukee are in precarious financial straits, which presents a challenge for our region. The two largest governments in the state are facing long-term structural imbalances that require close attention to sound fiscal...
Jan, 2006
Appendix A - The Ideal City; Appendix B - The Survey Instrument; Appendix C - Survey Responses
Dec, 2005
Milwaukee County is unique in Wisconsin in funding a comprehensive health care safety net for its low-income uninsured residents. This program, the General Assistance Medical Program (GAMP), allows over 25,000 people each year to obtain health care...
Sep, 2005
In the first study of its kind, the Public Policy Forum uses U.S. Census Bureau data to measure the 50 largest metro areas on their ability to attract federal investment for economic development. To this end, the forum developed a new measure based...

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