city of milwaukee

February 28, 2018 - 10:15am
Rental housing affordability is becoming an increasingly prominent issue in advancing the state’s and Milwaukee area’s regional economy. In fact, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s “state of the city” speech on Monday emphasizes the importance of this...
October 26, 2017 - 8:00am
Few local policy issues generate more emotional debate than the Milwaukee streetcar. And, if a recent Marquette Law School poll is any indication, this issue is likely to remain controversial even after the initial streetcar line opens a year from...
October 16, 2017 - 7:00am
In our 2018 budget brief, we find that the City of Milwaukee’s unsustainable revenue structure and rising pension costs cast huge shadows over the 2018 proposed budget. A report we published earlier this year, On the Money?, found that Milwaukee...
October 3, 2017 - 11:40am
Imagine if Aaron Rodgers announced his retirement in the week preceding the Packers’ first playoff game? Or if Mike McCarthy announced he was immediately departing to coach another team? While not quite as cataclysmic as those scenarios, the recent...
September 25, 2017 - 7:15am
The further the Forum gets into our examination of local government infrastructure challenges, the more we discover vulnerabilities in the different types of infrastructure owned by our largest local governments. In the first two reports of our...
August 22, 2017 - 11:40am
Mayor Tom Barrett's recent call for a 0.5% City of Milwaukee sales tax to support public safety and crime prevention comes as no surprise to the Public Policy Forum. In fact, our most recent analyses of the City budget saw this coming. Last...
August 4, 2017 - 8:10am
The concluding paragraph of our recently released report on the City of Milwaukee’s revenue structure expresses the hope that it will "launch the type of thoughtful deliberation on Milwaukee's financial structure that its current fiscal challenges...
July 23, 2017 - 12:00am
In Making Ends Meet, our September 2016 report assessing the City of Milwaukee's fiscal condition, we detailed the consequences of the City's "broken revenue structure." Among those was an inability to make new investments in public safety,...
November 9, 2016 - 12:30pm
As the dust settles from an historic 2016 election, my mind turns to how the shift in control of the White House may impact some critical fiscal and policy issues facing our largest local governments. While it's obviously far too early to tell, here...
October 17, 2016 - 7:20am
If there is one thing you can count on pertaining to the City of Milwaukee’s annual proposed budget, it’s this: all things being equal, you’re going to get a fiscally responsible budget that preserves key services and addresses pressing...

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