Milwaukee

June 9, 2017 - 8:00am
Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), the City of Milwaukee, and Milwaukee County all confront a common challenge. They are squeezed by both revenue and expenditure constraints – forces like stagnant state aids, limited tax-base growth, health care and...
March 23, 2017 - 8:00am
Earlier this month, Good Jobs First, a non-partisan accountability firm that tracks public subsidies, published a report on city and county online disclosure practices. The report specifically focuses on public sector subsidies for economic...
March 9, 2017 - 8:00am
Most elected officials and civic leaders agree that investment in programming for Milwaukee's youth must be a critical component of citywide efforts to combat poverty, reduce violence, and appropriately prepare our future workforce. Yet what is the...
February 9, 2017 - 7:50am
By: Joe Yeado
Career and Technical Education, often shortened to CTE, has become a hot topic in education in recent years. Teachers, parents, school leaders, and policymakers have all come to focus on this strategy as a means to better prepare students for a...
January 20, 2017 - 10:36am
My guess is that the headline in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel proclaiming that Milwaukee Public Schools unfunded retiree benefit costs "fall to under $1 billion" leaves most citizens scratching their heads. Is a long-term liability that still...
September 12, 2016 - 9:50pm
Many times in life we have possessions that we take for granted; something that we might invest in, and are proud of when it is brand new. Over time it begins to lose its luster because it has always been there, and - in our minds - it is always...
September 8, 2016 - 9:45pm
Seven years removed from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, southeast Wisconsin appears to have returned to a state of "normalcy" with regard to property values and property tax collections, marked by modest increases in both....
July 15, 2016 - 8:00am
As the 2015-2016 Norman N. Gill Civic Engagement Fellow, I have spent the past year examining data from various sources to put a finger on how serious of a challenge obesity presents to Milwaukee.  In An Apple a Day, a new report released today...
May 25, 2016 - 8:00am
You might be familiar with a Twenty One Pilots song called Tear in My Heart, which includes the following lyrics: “I’m driving here I sit, cursing my government, For not using my taxes to fill holes with more cement.” I’m sure some of us have had...
April 15, 2016 - 8:45am
Every Child is an Artist (released in April 2014) documented the success factors of community-driven arts education models in other cities, captured a snapshot of the state of arts education in Milwaukee, and pointed out where Milwaukee is strong in...

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