Rob Henken's Blogs

June 28, 2018 - 9:15am
By: Rob Henken
Within the next few weeks, the Wisconsin Policy Forum will launch its new website. That should be welcome and exciting news to our supporters for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that you’ll no longer need to comb through the two separate...
May 8, 2018 - 6:30am
By: Rob Henken
This morning, the Forum released a report on one of the most critical issues facing Milwaukee County government: how to come up with more than $300 million to replace the aging Safety Building. That building was built in 1929 and no longer meets the...
April 4, 2018 - 7:00pm
By: Rob Henken
Since 2008, the Public Policy Forum (PPF) has published six detailed local government financial analyses using a methodology we adapted from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). We’re proud of this work, which has been...
April 3, 2018 - 8:00am
By: Rob Henken
After such a busy year of planning and deliberation, it’s hard to believe the Wisconsin Policy Forum is now three months old. Of course, three months is far too soon to declare “mission accomplished,” but a brief progress report certainly is in...
December 27, 2017 - 7:25am
By: Rob Henken
When the clock hits midnight on December 31, a long chapter will come to a close for the Public Policy Forum, and an exciting new one will begin. On that date, our merger with the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance will be effectuated, and we will become...
December 19, 2017 - 2:15pm
By: Rob Henken
It’s been a busy year for the Forum. Despite all of the work involved with our merger with WISTAX, our research agenda has remained robust and our research findings have been the subject of policy deliberations on many fronts. Here, we take one more...
October 31, 2017 - 8:00am
By: Rob Henken
While Forum members and supporters know that we publish budget briefs each year analyzing the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, and Milwaukee Public Schools budgets, some may be unaware that our work does not stop there. After releasing our...
October 26, 2017 - 8:00am
By: Rob Henken
Few local policy issues generate more emotional debate than the Milwaukee streetcar. And, if a recent Marquette Law School poll is any indication, this issue is likely to remain controversial even after the initial streetcar line opens a year from...
October 13, 2017 - 8:00am
By: Rob Henken
At this time last year, in the Forum’s review of the Milwaukee County Executive’s 2017 recommended budget, we marveled at how unique it was to see a single issue dominate the budget and its deliberations. This year, in our analysis of the 2018...
October 3, 2017 - 11:40am
By: Rob Henken
Imagine if Aaron Rodgers announced his retirement in the week preceding the Packers’ first playoff game? Or if Mike McCarthy announced he was immediately departing to coach another team? While not quite as cataclysmic as those scenarios, the recent...

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