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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,...
July 5, 2017 - 9:50am
Forum members and friends know that one of our foremost priorities in recent years has been our work with local governments and school districts to explore possibilities for intergovernmental service sharing and consolidation. In fact, we published...
June 22, 2017 - 9:45am
"Resilient" is a word that is most often associated with individuals who have experienced trauma, or with materials (like nylon). But in the small village of Wind Point, it's a word that is being used to catalyze collaborative action to shape a...
May 10, 2017 - 8:00am
When the Forum is approached by local governments, school districts, and civic leaders to consider possibilities for service sharing and consolidation, we typically warn that such efforts should not be undertaken if the sole objective is to save...
April 4, 2017 - 9:15am
As a diehard professional sports fan, April always is my favorite time of year, given that it marks the start of a new Major League Baseball season and the onset of the NBA and NHL playoffs. And, as one who makes his living analyzing government...
January 3, 2017 - 9:00am
The past year not only was a monumental one on the national political scene, but we also had several important elections and debated a range of meaningful policy issues on the state and local levels. Before 2016 fades into the rear view mirror, I...
December 22, 2016 - 9:40am
As 2016 comes to a close, it's time to unveil the Forum's top five research findings. Last year’s list included findings on bus rapid transit, enforcement of Milwaukee's marijuana ordinances, philanthropic funding for the arts, Greater Milwaukee's...
December 19, 2016 - 12:45pm
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's two-part series on Wisconsin's troubled juvenile justice system that ran yesterday and today focused first on the crisis at Lincoln Hills, and the fact that it was "years in the making;" and then on a different model...
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 25, 2016 - 11:38am
One of the most difficult challenges for Forum researchers as we seek to objectively analyze the Milwaukee County, City of Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Public Schools budgets each year is to point out the long-term financial challenges facing each...

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