city of milwaukee

September 18, 2016 - 9:00pm
In August 2009, the Public Policy Forum published Between a Rock and a Hard Place, a detailed examination of the City of Milwaukee's finances. The report was released just weeks after Mayor Barrett had proclaimed the City’s upcoming 2010 budget "by...
May 27, 2016 - 11:03am
Yesterday morning, the City of Milwaukee’s Workforce Organizational Reform Committee approved a broad set of changes to the Residents Preference Program (RPP), which links public investments with construction jobs for city residents. Those changes...
May 8, 2016 - 9:30pm
Development activity in Milwaukee has reached a breakneck pace, with new project announcements taking place daily. But can this opportunity translate into a substantial number of job opportunities for low-income Milwaukee residents? Are the right...
March 17, 2016 - 9:00am
Last spring, when the Forum waded into the controversial issue of marijuana policy, our motivation was simple: we wanted to determine whether, as some had alleged, the City of Milwaukee was arresting and incarcerating vast numbers of individuals for...
November 18, 2015 - 11:30am
The City of Milwaukee Common Council recently approved the City’s 2016 Budget with a number of amendments to the Mayor’s originally proposed budget. The Mayor has approved all amendments proposed by the Council with the exception of the proposal to...
August 4, 2015 - 8:00am
In recent years, concerns have been raised by neighborhood-based organizations in Milwaukee regarding the stability of key public funding sources that support their programs. Our new report analyzes the extent to which local community development...
November 6, 2014 - 8:00am
Rising health care costs, unfunded pension liabilities, deferred maintenance, and flat revenues are among the common budget challenges facing local governments these days. To combat these financial pressures, localities across the country are...
October 13, 2014 - 8:00am
In our annual Budget Brief of the mayor’s proposed City of Milwaukee Budget – released this morning – the Public Policy Forum cites the City’s familiar challenge of balancing increased health care and pension costs, operational priorities, and long-...
September 30, 2014 - 8:30am
According to a popular theory, Americans – and particularly millenials – are increasingly choosing to live in cities rather than small towns and suburbs. A new study by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Community Progress tests that theory by...
September 22, 2014 - 8:00am
The revitalization of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley as an industrial, recreational, and entertainment district has been lauded both locally and nationally as a successful and sustainable urban redevelopment project. While work in the Valley is not...

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