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This month, the leaders of a task force studying arts, culture and recreation funding in Milwaukee County said a regional approach – including a limited-term sales tax – was the ideal way to build support for public and some private cultural assets.

These are places like the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Marcus Center and others.

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Among the issues before the state legislature in the coming session will be potential expansion of school choice programs to other parts of the state. 

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Last week, Milwaukee’s non-partisan Public Policy Forum released its newest report. Under the microscope this time was the health of the area’s non-profit sector. The report looked at levels of growth, both in terms of numbers of not for profit organizations, as well as trends in contributions and revenue.

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A new report by the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee details the district’s dire financial picture. Forum President Rob Henken says MPS faces flat revenues, but rising costs.

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Some Milwaukee County arts and entertainment properties need a major influx of cash. The Public Policy Forum shares strategies other communities have adopted.

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A review of the state's "YoungStar" rating system finds most afterschool programs in Milwaukee County are failing to make the grade.

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Metro Milwaukee's parks, recreational and cultural institutions need a combined $310 million for repairs or upgrades, according to the Public Policy Forum.

Progress at closing the achievement gaps in southeastern Wisconsin school districts is largely stagnant, according to new data from the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum.

This week Milwaukee’s Public Policy Forum is playing  host to government researchers from across the country. Water resource management was one of the topics they tackled.

What Parents Want in Afterschool Programs

May 22, 2013
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A new report says convenience trumps quality for parents when it comes to picking an afterschool program.

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