local government

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...
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...
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...
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...
October 6, 2015 - 8:00am
At the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council's "Shared Services and Cooperation Work Group" – formed at the suggestion of the Forum and the Greater Milwaukee Committee in the spring of 2011 – participants focused on service...
June 19, 2015 - 7:30am
Service sharing among local governments has been a prominent item on the Forum’s research agenda since the summer of 2011, when we helped form a “Shared Services and Cooperation Work Group” for Milwaukee County’s Intergovernmental Cooperation...
February 18, 2015 - 8:00am
In several reports and budget briefs during the past few years, the Public Policy Forum has cited the ongoing struggle for the City of Milwaukee to balance increasing cost pressures with limited revenue sources. Approximately 80% of the City’s...
February 12, 2015 - 2:00pm
Smart policy decisions are made without partisan blinders and with a thorough examination of the facts. At the Public Policy Forum, we strive to help inform impartial fact-based debates on policy issues that weigh both the costs and benefits of...
December 16, 2014 - 8:00am
Throughout Southeast Wisconsin and on a daily basis, development projects from retail stores and apartment complexes to technology parks and mixed-use developments are being proposed, negotiated, agreed upon, and sometimes contested. Behind the...

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