Public Policy Forum Research

 

Our research staff also tackles issues in several other policy areas, such as social services, community justice, transportation, and parks, recreation & culture, where our expertise and impartiality are valued by policymakers and engaged citizens.

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Jun, 2007
A year ago when our annual tax analysis found the smallest increase in the property tax levy in five years, we wondered if that would be the start of a trend. It wasn’t. In retrospect, the relatively small increase of 2.4% was an anomaly. This...
Nov, 2006
In southeastern Wisconsin, our capacity to be competitive in a global economy depends on our ability to guarantee the workforce, infrastructure, and quality of life that will attract and retain businesses and their workers. This holistic view of...
Nov, 2006
Giving to local nonprofit organizations has increased 127% since the first Report Card on Charitable Giving was released ten years ago, and 2005 giving is at the highest level since the survey began, according to the 10th Annual Report Card on...
Jul, 2006
By one key measure, the three largest cities in southeastern Wisconsin are property tax havens. That key measure links home values to the net tax rate. As a result, Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee homeowners paid lower property taxes than their...
Jun, 2006
Visual and performing arts and other cultural assets represent an important sector of our economy - just like manufacturing, financial services, or printing. In southeastern Wisconsin in 2005, this industry served 4.5 million customers, engaged 3,...
Apr, 2006
The city of Milwaukee, whose tax base has been lagging behind the region for decades, achieved a turnaround in the latest analysis of property values. The city’s total equalized property value rose nearly 12% to $26.2 billion this year, compared to...

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