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December 27, 2017 - 7:25am
When the clock hits midnight on December 31, a long chapter will come to a close for the Public Policy Forum, and an exciting new one will begin. On that date, our merger with the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance will be effectuated, and we will become...
December 19, 2017 - 2:15pm
It’s been a busy year for the Forum. Despite all of the work involved with our merger with WISTAX, our research agenda has remained robust and our research findings have been the subject of policy deliberations on many fronts. Here, we take one more...
October 31, 2017 - 8:00am
While Forum members and supporters know that we publish budget briefs each year analyzing the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, and Milwaukee Public Schools budgets, some may be unaware that our work does not stop there. After releasing our...
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 13, 2017 - 8:00am
At this time last year, in the Forum’s review of the Milwaukee County Executive’s 2017 recommended budget, we marveled at how unique it was to see a single issue dominate the budget and its deliberations. This year, in our analysis of the 2018...
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 8, 2017 - 8:00am
Of all the local government and school district policy issues researched by the Public Policy Forum, perhaps none generates more contradictory conclusions than our annual review of property taxes and values in the region. This year's report –which...
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...
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...
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,...

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