Focus

Focus #25

2018

Uprooted: Evictions in Wisconsin

Rental housing evictions are pervasive in some Wisconsin communities, destabilizing families and neighborhoods. Our research finds eviction rates vary widely across the state and are particularly concentrated in southeast Wisconsin, where an effort to address the problem has begun inRead More
Focus #24

2018

Municipal Voters Approve Levy Hikes

In our last Focus, we looked at the results for referenda on school district spending on the November ballot. In addition, voters in many communities cast referenda ballots to exceed limits on municipal property tax levies, eliminate “dark store” propertyRead More
Focus #23

2018

School Referenda Reach New Heights

Voters this month approved school referenda at rates not seen previously, making 2018 the highest year on record with more than $2 billion in additional school spending passed, according to Department of Public Instruction data. Here we update readers onRead More
Focus #22

2018

Under the Gun on Conservation Funding

A decline in hunting – and the license fees it generates – is threatening key conservation funding in Wisconsin. Total deer licenses dropped 5.8% between 1999 and 2017 and the decline is projected to continue. Interest in the natural worldRead More
Focus #21

2018

Challenge and Change Ahead for the State Budget

With the campaign over, the next governor faces the challenge of fulfilling campaign promises while balancing the 2019-21 budget. It may not be easy. Over the next two years, the state would need more than $2 billion in additional revenueRead More
Focus #20

2018

Wisconsin’s Prison Population on the Rise

New figures from the state Department of Corrections show Wisconsin’s adult prison population will reach a record 25,000 inmates by 2021. While inmate numbers aren’t growing as fast as during the massive expansion of the 1990s, recent increases could requireRead More
Focus #19

2018

Rural Counties Face Psychiatrist Shortage

Fifty-five of 72 Wisconsin counties face a “significant shortage” of psychiatrists and 20 have no practicing psychiatrists at all. The dearth of psychiatrists in these areas, along with the high prevalence of mental illness and substance abuse in the state,Read More
Focus #18

2018

Paying the Rent

Affordable housing poses a challenge in both rural and urban counties throughout Wisconsin. Although the issue presents itself in different ways and at varying scales from county to county, low incomes—as opposed to high rental prices—appear to be the mostRead More
Focus #17

2018

A Building Recovery

For the first time since 2008, most counties in the state have reached a key threshold for new construction rates. In a sign of economic recovery, new state figures show a majority of counties experienced new construction of 1.25% orRead More