government finance

May 8, 2018 - 6:30am
This morning, the Forum released a report on one of the most critical issues facing Milwaukee County government: how to come up with more than $300 million to replace the aging Safety Building. That building was built in 1929 and no longer meets the...
March 13, 2018 - 10:45am
Over the past two years, the Forum has been conducting a long-term research project analyzing the condition of local government infrastructure in metro Milwaukee and the capacity of local governments to finance their infrastructure needs. So far,...
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...
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 31, 2017 - 8:00am
The Forum's recently-released report on the City of Milwaukee's revenue structure is a byproduct of several years of budget analysis and monitoring. Through our examination of the City's annual budget challenges, we became convinced that major...
March 23, 2017 - 8:00am
Earlier this month, Good Jobs First, a non-partisan accountability firm that tracks public subsidies, published a report on city and county online disclosure practices. The report specifically focuses on public sector subsidies for economic...
July 1, 2016 - 8:00am
In the spring of 2015, the director of Milwaukee County's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) approached the Forum for assistance in answering a set of questions that are precisely the type our organization has urged local government officials to...
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...
November 12, 2015 - 8:00am
The Forum's budget brief on the Milwaukee County Executive's 2016 Recommended Budget – released in mid-October – found cause both for optimism and concern.    On the one hand, the budget's ability to painlessly absorb a $20 million spike...

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