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December 18, 2015 - 8:00am
It doesn't feel like the year should be coming to a close given our warm temperatures and lack of snow. Yet, the calendar says it's late December, which means its time to unveil the Forum ‘s top five research findings of the year.  Last year’s...
December 16, 2015 - 11:15am
Much has happened since we released our Picking up the Pace report, which presented options for improving bus services in the Milwaukee area, including the possibility of introducing bus rapid transit (BRT). In June, the Milwaukee County Executive...
December 11, 2015 - 6:00am
During the past several months, as elected officials, civic leaders, and citizens in Metro Milwaukee have debated the need for public investments in a new basketball arena, a downtown streetcar, and improvements to the region's arts and cultural...
December 7, 2015 - 8:00am
By: Joe Yeado
For the last 30 years, the Public Policy Forum has collected and analyzed education data to produce an annual report on public school districts in southeast Wisconsin.  The latest report, Public Schooling in Southeast Wisconsin: 2014-15,...
November 25, 2015 - 9:40am
Momentum continues to build for Milwaukee's streetcar project with the recent award of $14 million in federal funding to finance an extension to the lakefront and the selection of a vendor to produce the streetcar vehicles. In fact, while 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 30, 2015 - 8:00am
By: Joe Yeado
Much has been written about the importance of teachers and their efforts to educate children. While teachers are responsible for the students in their classrooms, school leaders are responsible for all the students in the school or district. They...
October 27, 2015 - 8:00am
As Milwaukee County has accelerated its efforts to downsize its Mental Health Complex and move to a community-based system of care, there has been considerable debate about whether savings produced from bed closures have been sufficiently re-...
October 22, 2015 - 11:00am
On Friday morning, Milwaukee County’s Transportation, Public Works, and Transit Committee will discuss a recommendation from the County's Director of Transportation to hold off temporarily on improvements designed to speed up bus services in the...

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