1st Quarter, 2017

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 budgets, I often find April to be similarly...

4th Quarter, 2016

Before 2016 fades into the rear view mirror, I wanted to use this opportunity to highlight our research accomplishments from the past year and preview some of our ambitious plans for 2017...

3rd Quarter, 2016

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 – are governments and school districts actually...

2nd Quarter, 2016

Six weeks ago, in my role as President of the Governmental Research Association, I travelled to Wayne State University in Detroit to deliver a speech on "Nonpartisanship in the Age of Polarization." The organizers asked me to provide perspective on how policy research organizations that call...

1st Quarter, 2016

Election season can be a difficult time to work for a nonpartisan public policy think tank. On a personal level, the urge to spout off on social media about things we see or hear from candidates must be squelched, and requests to place yard signs or make campaign contributions must be rejected...

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