local government

June 6, 2011 - 12:00pm
The Public Policy Forum has held an annual awards ceremony to honor outstanding government performance - the Salute to Local Government - for each of the past 18 years. As the Forum prepares to hold its 19th annual Salute on June 23 (see details and...
April 12, 2011 - 8:20am
In the weeks since release of the governor's proposed 2011-13 state budget, much has been spoken and written about the potential impacts of cuts in state aids on local government budgets and services. Yet, while much of the discussion has focused on...
March 23, 2011 - 8:00am
Most local governments in Wisconsin have certainly given their employee compensation packages a closer look over the last few weeks as the budget repair bill receives judicial consideration in Madison. The eventual implementation of what now has...
March 11, 2011 - 8:00am
A key transportation provision in the governor's proposed budget that may have huge implications for mass transit also reflects a larger ideological debate that's raging in the nation's capital.The provision stipulates that effective in 2013, state...
March 4, 2011 - 8:00am
The economic downturn has thrown even the most fiscally prudent governments for a loop. Dollars are stretching thin and new approaches to employee compensation are spreading across the nation. In light of the effects of the economic downturn, and as...
June 2, 2010 - 8:00am
"When the going gets tough" is the theme of this year's Salute to Local Government, an event held annually by the Public Policy Forum since 1992 to recognize outstanding and innovative government performance in southeast Wisconsin.This year's theme...
May 25, 2010 - 8:45am
By: Anonymous
Milwaukee County Parks Director Sue Black's assertion last week that her department lacks the funds to take over the Farm and Fish Hatchery has reignited debate about the farm. This year's county budget transferred the program – a perennial target...
April 1, 2010 - 8:00am
The severity of our recent recession has forced local governments to respond in ways that they would admit are less than ideal. For example, the need for instant savings has produced furloughs, shortened work weeks, and even truncated school weeks...
March 4, 2010 - 8:00am
How to define and measure poverty in the U.S. has long been an issue of debate. This is not an esoteric argument--most federal and state entitlement and benefit programs tie eligibility to need using the official measure of poverty. Any move to...
February 22, 2010 - 8:30am
Government furlough days are in the local news again, with a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday that Milwaukee County may consider up to 10 additional required days off without pay this year for certain employees. But Milwaukee...

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