municipal budgets

October 17, 2016 - 7:20am
If there is one thing you can count on pertaining to the City of Milwaukee’s annual proposed budget, it’s this: all things being equal, you’re going to get a fiscally responsible budget that preserves key services and addresses pressing...
October 14, 2016 - 7:45am
The Forum’s annual review of the County Executive’s proposed budget typically finds a half dozen or so key decisions that particularly merit our scrutiny based on their long-term financial impact and the controversy they have engendered with the...
November 18, 2015 - 11:30am
The City of Milwaukee Common Council recently approved the City’s 2016 Budget with a number of amendments to the Mayor’s originally proposed budget. The Mayor has approved all amendments proposed by the Council with the exception of the proposal to...
November 12, 2015 - 8:00am
The Forum's budget brief on the Milwaukee County Executive's 2016 Recommended Budget – released in mid-October – found cause both for optimism and concern.    On the one hand, the budget's ability to painlessly absorb a $20 million spike...
October 15, 2015 - 8:00am
How does a recommended budget show both unmistakable signs of financial improvement but also raise red flags about the future?  That’s one of the key questions addressed by the Public Policy Forum in our annual review of the Milwaukee County...
October 16, 2014 - 8:00am
The Public Policy Forum’s annual Budget Brief of Milwaukee County’s recommended budget  -- which we release this morning  -- cites a return to familiar territory for the County, as its leaders must grapple with  a substantial budget...
October 13, 2014 - 8:00am
In our annual Budget Brief of the mayor’s proposed City of Milwaukee Budget – released this morning – the Public Policy Forum cites the City’s familiar challenge of balancing increased health care and pension costs, operational priorities, and long-...
October 16, 2013 - 7:25am
The Public Policy Forum’s annual review of Milwaukee County’s recommended budget  -- which we release this morning – cites a short list of controversial budget cuts and several new areas of reinvestment as the latest evidence that the county’s...
October 14, 2013 - 7:30am
The City of Milwaukee’s past decisions to build up reserves and rethink its health care benefits make its 2014 budget far more palatable than one would expect given a huge spike in pension fund contributions and continued flat revenues.  That’s...
September 19, 2012 - 8:00am
Would an independent consolidated dispatch center better serve the communities of Cudahy, St. Francis, and South Milwaukee?  Our latest report finds that consolidating dispatch could produce substantial operating and equipment savings, as well as...

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