Vanessa Allen's Blogs

May 23, 2014 - 8:00am
By: Vanessa Allen
With its major revenue streams flat or declining in 2015, MPS will continue to try to do more with less.  That’s one of the major findings in the Forum’s 2015 MPS budget brief, which we release this morning.  This brief will be an annual...
October 14, 2013 - 7:30am
By: Vanessa Allen
The City of Milwaukee’s past decisions to build up reserves and rethink its health care benefits make its 2014 budget far more palatable than one would expect given a huge spike in pension fund contributions and continued flat revenues.  That’s...
October 16, 2012 - 7:30am
By: Vanessa Allen
The main focus of the Public Policy Forum’s annual review of the Mayor’s proposed City of Milwaukee budget – released this morning – is the immense challenge posed by a $59 million pension fund payment in 2013, which marks the beginning of an...
July 12, 2012 - 8:00am
By: Vanessa Allen
To what should Milwaukee County attribute its declining adult and juvenile detention population? This question took shape in a research brief published a year ago by the Public Policy Forum, entitled “Milwaukee County Detainee Populations at...
November 15, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Vanessa Allen
Recent local government and school district budget deliberations have honed in on deep and often contentious modifications to health care benefits. Many have asked how far local governments will go in reducing benefits now that they have been given...
October 14, 2011 - 9:00am
By: Vanessa Allen
This morning, the Public Policy Forum released its annual evaluation of the mayor's proposed City of Milwaukee budget. The 2012 budget is the city's first since passage of the state budget repair bill that ends collective bargaining for most unions...
March 23, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Vanessa Allen
Most local governments in Wisconsin have certainly given their employee compensation packages a closer look over the last few weeks as the budget repair bill receives judicial consideration in Madison. The eventual implementation of what now has...
March 4, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Vanessa Allen
The economic downturn has thrown even the most fiscally prudent governments for a loop. Dollars are stretching thin and new approaches to employee compensation are spreading across the nation. In light of the effects of the economic downturn, and as...
October 18, 2010 - 8:00am
By: Vanessa Allen
When the Forum took a look at school district governance reform in a February 2009 report, we found the success of mayoral control of school districts has as much to do with the personality of the mayor as with his/her education policies. That...
April 1, 2010 - 8:00am
By: Vanessa Allen
The severity of our recent recession has forced local governments to respond in ways that they would admit are less than ideal. For example, the need for instant savings has produced furloughs, shortened work weeks, and even truncated school weeks...

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