With the election for mayor of the City of Milwaukee right around the corner, the Wisconsin Policy Forum, Greater Milwaukee Committee, and Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce hosted a debate that challenged the candidates to address the critical issues facing the city. The following issues have been raised by Forum research:
The city’s structural deficit, revenue structure, and overall financial condition
The city’s skyrocketing employer pension contribution and possible options to reduce it
Strategies to address crime, including appropriate levels of police staffing and investment in violence prevention
The challenges facing the Milwaukee Health Department and how it should function post-pandemic
The need for more affordable housing and the role of city government in promoting it
City economic development policies, including the future of Century City and the Hop
Our media partner for the debate, WisconsinEye, recorded the debate. Watch the video here.