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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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After years of steady decreases, the number of FoodShare recipients in Wisconsin has risen by more than 120,000 people since March amid the coronavirus pandemic. These figures speak to the hardship faced by families across the state and the numbers could rise further as key federal unemployment benefits run out.

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Number of Wisconsinites needing help with food surges during coronavirus pandemic

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Forum Friday: Is Southeast Wisconsin Ready to Confront its Affordable Housing Challenges?

For the September installment of our virtual event series, Forum Friday, Wisconsin Policy Forum Senior Researcher Joe Peterangelo discussed our recent report on the city of Milwaukee’s affordable housing efforts. Then, we invited our guest speakers to join the discussion. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Ideas Lab reporter James Causey discussed his recentRead More

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