city of milwaukee

February 26, 2014 - 8:30am
In his annual “state of the city” speech on Monday morning, Mayor Barrett announced plans to step up efforts to redevelop two vacant industrial parks in Milwaukee. “With the Menomonee Valley Industrial Center nearly complete,” he said, “we are...
October 14, 2013 - 7:30am
The City of Milwaukee’s past decisions to build up reserves and rethink its health care benefits make its 2014 budget far more palatable than one would expect given a huge spike in pension fund contributions and continued flat revenues.  That’s...
June 27, 2013 - 8:45am
The Forum’s new report on property taxes and values in southeast Wisconsin – covered on the front page of yesterday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – has generated several comments from our members and other interested parties.  One of those, from...
March 5, 2013 - 9:49am
A Public Policy Forum report that made front page news in the summer of 2009 – “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” – is back in the news this morning, this time as part of a testy dialogue between Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Milwaukee Mayor Tom...
October 16, 2012 - 7:30am
The main focus of the Public Policy Forum’s annual review of the Mayor’s proposed City of Milwaukee budget – released this morning – is the immense challenge posed by a $59 million pension fund payment in 2013, which marks the beginning of an...
April 25, 2012 - 1:15pm
During the debates over Wisconsin's new child care quality improvement initiative, the YoungStar quality rating system, it became clear that an anticipated trade-off for quality improvement was likely to be a reduction in the number of child care...
March 1, 2012 - 1:50pm
The Public Policy Forum's November 2011 report on Milwaukee's economic development landscape - Assembling the Parts - has triggered considerable discussion about the need for strategic economic development planning in Milwaukee. Calls for such...
February 15, 2012 - 9:30am
It always feels a bit discomforting to say, "Race and economic status are highly correlated to academic achievement." Children can change neither their race nor their income; a statement like the one above can feel like saying these children also...
February 13, 2012 - 7:00am
The Forum's 14th annual census of schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) finds that voucher use by Milwaukee students grew 10% in 2011-12 to 23,198 voucher students, reversing last year’s enrollment decline. In...
January 25, 2012 - 11:45am
As reported earlier this week in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the UWM Center for Economic Development's latest report on race and employment paints a devastating picture of the depth of joblessness in Milwaukee's central city. According to the...

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