Public Policy Forum

Economy & Business
12:41 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Report: How Healthy is Milwaukee's Non-Profit Sector?

While philanthropist giving has increased with the number of charities, charities still split funds.
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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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1:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

New MPS Leader Will Face Dire Financial Outlook

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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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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Food for Thought: Ways Milwaukee Might Fund Its Cultural Amenities

Milwaukee Public Museum
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Rob Henken shares the report's findings with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

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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Politics & Government
10:48 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Afterschool Programs in Milwaukee County Get Low Grades

Reaching for the Stars: Examining YoungStar and its effect on the quality of Milwaukee County’s afterschool workforce.
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A study by the Public Policy Forum finds only a small number of after school programs in Milwaukee County have earned bonuses for high quality service.

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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4:29 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Report: Milwaukee Cultural Institutions Need $310 Million for Improvements

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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.

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9:58 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Report: Mixed Progress in Closing Education Gaps

The Public Policy Forum's Rob Henken analyzes the data with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

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.

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10:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Transforming Water Challenges into Resources

MMSD head Kevin Shafer (left) and Brian Jensen with Allegheny Conference on Community Development shared their perspectives on water resource management.

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.

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2:58 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

What Parents Want in Afterschool Programs

A new report details what parents look for in afterschool programs for their kids.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Anneliese Dickman of the Public Policy Forum on afterschool programs.

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

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Politics & Government
9:12 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Brooks and Dionne (Civilly) Take on Wisconsin's Place on the National Political Stage

Columnists David Brooks (left) and EJ Dionne, Jr.
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David Brooks and EJ Dionne chat with Mitch Teich onstage at the Public Policy Forum gala.

David Brooks and EJ Dionne disagree with each other – for a living. 

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