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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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We’re hiring a new Researcher to help lead our government finance research agenda and further our efforts to highlight financial challenges and promote innovative and responsible financial decision-making in local governments across Wisconsin.

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Policy in a Pub – September 2022

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Merriment Social
240 E Pittsburgh Ave, Milwaukee


2022 Salute to Local Government

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Italian Community Center
631 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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