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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 – 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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Young at Heart

Exploring the Future of Senior Centers in Milwaukee County

April 2019

Our latest research finds that the five Milwaukee County-owned senior centers face substantial repair and replacement needs, which poses a particular challenge given the county’s overall backlog of needed infrastructure projects. At the same time, these facility needs offer an opportunity for Milwaukee County officials and the broader community to re-assess the role of senior centers.

After examining older adult programming in five peer counties and national guidance established by the federal Older Americans Ac, we suggest that the current senior center model may not constitute the best use of the limited resources available to promote older adult independence. In contemplating a different model, policymakers and citizens should address the following questions:

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Milwaukee County senior centers need so many repairs it might be cheaper to replace them for $24M, report says

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Interactive Data

School Referenda in Wisconsin-Spring 2019 Election Update

In recent years, Wisconsin voters have approved school district spending referenda in record numbers. Results for the spring 2019 vote still show support for many of these proposals. Our latest Focus looks at the updated trends in school referenda. This interactive dashboard provides more school referenda figures, including district by district data.Read More