Mike Gavin's Blogs

November 18, 2015 - 11:30am
By: Mike Gavin
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...
October 14, 2015 - 8:00am
By: Mike Gavin
The month of October reflects a change of weather, scenery, and, of course, the consideration of the City of Milwaukee’s Proposed Budget. In our annual Budget Brief – released this morning – we highlight some of the key proposed investments in 2016...
June 19, 2015 - 7:30am
By: Mike Gavin
Service sharing among local governments has been a prominent item on the Forum’s research agenda since the summer of 2011, when we helped form a “Shared Services and Cooperation Work Group” for Milwaukee County’s Intergovernmental Cooperation...
June 4, 2015 - 1:15pm
By: Mike Gavin
Marquette University Law School and the Public Policy Forum have designed an interactive budget simulation game that allows citizens to grapple with the funding needs faced by cultural facilities, parks, and other quality-of-life amenities in...
February 18, 2015 - 8:00am
By: Mike Gavin
In several reports and budget briefs during the past few years, the Public Policy Forum has cited the ongoing struggle for the City of Milwaukee to balance increasing cost pressures with limited revenue sources. Approximately 80% of the City’s...
February 12, 2015 - 2:00pm
By: Mike Gavin
Smart policy decisions are made without partisan blinders and with a thorough examination of the facts. At the Public Policy Forum, we strive to help inform impartial fact-based debates on policy issues that weigh both the costs and benefits of...
November 6, 2014 - 8:00am
By: Mike Gavin
Rising health care costs, unfunded pension liabilities, deferred maintenance, and flat revenues are among the common budget challenges facing local governments these days. To combat these financial pressures, localities across the country are...
October 13, 2014 - 8:00am
By: Mike Gavin
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-...