President's Message

July 5, 2017 - 9:50am
Forum members and friends know that one of our foremost priorities in recent years has been our work with local governments and school districts to explore possibilities for intergovernmental service sharing and consolidation. In fact, we published...
April 4, 2017 - 9:15am
As a diehard professional sports fan, April always is my favorite time of year, given that it marks the start of a new Major League Baseball season and the onset of the NBA and NHL playoffs. And, as one who makes his living analyzing government...
January 3, 2017 - 9:00am
The past year not only was a monumental one on the national political scene, but we also had several important elections and debated a range of meaningful policy issues on the state and local levels. Before 2016 fades into the rear view mirror, I...
October 3, 2016 - 11:00am
I was talking recently with an individual who was very active in the Forum years ago and who continues to have high praise for our work. As often happens when I talk to people who appreciate the Forum's research, the conversation turned to impact –...
January 5, 2016 - 11:00am
With the close of another year, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the Forum's research accomplishments in 2015 and preview some of the topics we'll be pursuing in the new year. In terms of research volume, the past year was an...
October 1, 2015 - 8:00am
Members and friends of the Forum may have noticed that we’ve been pretty busy lately. During this past quarter we released six reports, which is the most in any quarter since I joined the Forum in January 2008. And, if that’s not prolific enough, we...
July 1, 2015 - 8:30am
A couple of weeks ago, I was taken aback when a long-time supporter of the Forum wondered aloud to me whether our efforts to collect, analyze, and disseminate policy data are worth the effort. It's not that she discounted the quality of our work,...
April 3, 2015 - 8:00am
One of the three strategic goals that emanated from the Forum’s 2014 strategic planning process was to “develop new tactics to ensure that our research is making a difference.” Specifically, our new three-year strategic planning document specifies...