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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 – Dec 2019

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Woodland Dreams Ballroom
1721 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53233


Policy in a Pub – Madison

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Rigby
119 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703


2020 Annual Meeting

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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In our conclusion to last year’s city of Milwaukee budget brief, we warned that the “relative tranquility” associated with the 2019 budget was “likely the calm before the storm.” Little did we know that the storm would hit so quickly and with such intensity.

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