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As the fight against COVID-19 changes our daily lives, the Wisconsin Policy Forum maintains its commitment to providing the highest level of nonpartisan public policy research on state and local issues in Wisconsin. We have shifted our research agenda to produce several crisis-related reports.

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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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2021 Salute to Local Government

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Italian Community Center
631 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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After a decade of modest increases, property taxes in Wisconsin have risen more rapidly the past two years. Factors contributing to the growth include voter-approved school referenda, increases in state revenue limits on schools, and greater levies by municipalities and counties to make debt payments. School referenda alone increased gross tax bills in 2020-21 by more than $1.1 billion over what they otherwise would have been.

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Event Recap

Forum Friday: Re-Imagining Public Safety in Milwaukee

For the July 2021 installment of our virtual event series, Forum Friday, we focused on efforts to re-imagine public safety in Milwaukee. Discussion included an overview of police reform discussions and challenges in Milwaukee and learned more about the city task force recently formed to look at diverting certain nonviolentRead More

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