local government

May 7, 2014 - 9:00am
At first glance, it seems as if The Economist, in a recent post titled “The sharing economy: Remove the roadblocks,” is warning me that local government is setting up barriers to community sharing. The article bemoans the fact that disruption[i] in...
September 12, 2013 - 8:00am
Today, the Forum releases its latest report on local government shared services: an examination of three potential scenarios for creating a consolidated fire department to serve the cities of Cudahy, South Milwaukee and St. Francis.  We find...
December 14, 2011 - 8:00am
With the end of the year upon us, it’s time once again for the Forum to unveil its top five research findings of 2011. We started this annual tradition last year with a list that included findings on Milwaukee's skilled workforce, Milwaukee Area...
November 15, 2011 - 8:00am
Recent local government and school district budget deliberations have honed in on deep and often contentious modifications to health care benefits. Many have asked how far local governments will go in reducing benefits now that they have been given...
October 17, 2011 - 8:05am
In the Public Policy Forum's annual review of the Milwaukee County Recommended Budget - released this morning - we commend the administration’s efforts to establish clear priorities and make difficult decisions, but emphasize there is “still much...
September 21, 2011 - 8:00am
Given how recent legislative events in Madison have transformed the lives of local government administrators in Wisconsin, it is ironic that hundreds of county and municipal managers from across the country have descended on Milwaukee this week for...
August 4, 2011 - 8:00am
The open government data movement is a global effort to increase government transparency, civic participation and innovation through public access to municipal data. In the age of the ubiquitous software application (app) for use via personal...
July 22, 2011 - 8:00am
The latest edition of the People Speak poll, released today, finds that residents of southeast Wisconsin are mostly satisfied with the services they receieve from their city, town, or village government. The poll, conducted in late June and early...
June 17, 2011 - 8:00am
With all of the doom and gloom surrounding the finances of Milwaukee County government, it is certainly worthy of attention when some promising fiscal news emerges from the Courthouse. Consequently, when the Public Policy Forum learned that the...
June 13, 2011 - 8:00am
This morning, the Public Policy Forum released a comprehensive asessment of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). This is the fourth in a series of reports analyzing the financial condition of major Milwaukee area local governments....

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