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In February 2019, with Milwaukee in the midst of a downtown development boom, the Wisconsin Policy Forum published a report that found the city is making greater use of tax increment financing (TIF) to spur development than ever before. While the city has used TIF for several decades to foster private development by paying for associated public infrastructure and site preparation work, it has drawn on the tool for additional purposes in recent years. One project that exemplifies this shift is Milwaukee’s new streetcar system, The Hop. The city has dedicated $59 million in TIF funding to constructing the system’s first phase.

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