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The Wisconsin Policy Forum is a nonpartisan, independent statewide policy research organization with offices in Milwaukee and Madison. Our mission is to provide informed, nonpartisan analysis of critical policy issues affecting local governments, school districts, and the state of Wisconsin. Our research and facilitation activities encourage elected officials and community leaders to find effective, data-driven solutions to pressing policy challenges, and promote productive discussion among the public and private sectors.

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Viewpoint Luncheon – March 2019

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Italian Conference Center
631 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202


Viewpoint Luncheon – May 2019

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703


2019 Salute to Local Government

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Italian Conference Center
Milwaukee, WI
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Budget Brief

State of Wisconsin 2019-2021 Governor's Budget

March 2019

Our analysis of the governor's proposed 2019-21 state budget finds that it addresses several important priorities, but leans on a net increase in taxes and a drawdown of state reserves to help finance the cost. A key question is whether it strikes the correct balance between needed re-investment and prudent financing.

Our state budget brief discusses several key issues likely to dominate budget deliberations, including:

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