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Viewpoint Luncheon: Paying for State and Local Conservation and Parks

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino1721 W Canal St, Milwaukee
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Viewpoint Luncheon

Paying for State and Local Conservation and Parks

Thursday, April 27, 2023
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino | Serenity Room
1721 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Members: $45 | Non-members: $55
Table of 10: $500
(table purchasers receive special seating and recognition)

Wisconsin’s long tradition as a national leader in outdoor recreation and natural resource protection has been challenged in recent years by reduced support from the state’s general fund – in fact, Wisconsin’s per capita spending on state parks operations is now second-lowest among the 50 states. Meanwhile, counties and municipalities have faced their own parks funding challenges in light of restrictions on revenue growth and the need to prioritize areas like public safety and health.

Join the Wisconsin Policy Forum at a Viewpoint Luncheon that will explore state and local conservation and parks funding as state budget deliberations shift into high gear.

We’ll begin with a briefing on This Land is Our Land, our soon-to-be released report on the past and future of conservation funding in Wisconsin, as well as a brief review of our recent work on the future of the Milwaukee County Parks. Then, we’ll hear from a panel of state and local elected officials and administrators:

Preston Cole, Director, Milwaukee Department of Administration (and former Secretary, Wisconsin DNR)
David Crowley, Milwaukee County Executive
Rebecca Glewen, Mayor, City of Beaver Dam
Adam Payne, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Moderated by Rob Henken, Wisconsin Policy Forum

Registration for this event will be opening soon. Any questions please email us at events@wispolicyforum.org.