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4/16/21

Forum Friday on the pandemic and the next state budget

For the April 2021 installment of our virtual event series, Forum Friday, we focused on the 2021-23 state budget. Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan and State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, joined us to discuss our state budget brief and shared their views on the impending, high-stakes...Read More
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4/1/21

1st Quarter 2021 Presidents Message

When I first learned of the dollar amounts that will flow to Wisconsin’s local governments and school districts from the new American Rescue Plan, I felt like I was in the “Bizarro” episode from the Seinfeld show. That’s the one where Jerry and his friends feel like they’re in an alternate universe in which everything is the opposite of what it once was. ...Read More

4/1/21

Member Survey on 2020 Forum Research Results

Earlier this year, we asked members to complete our annual research survey to help us understand what we’ve been doing well and where we can make improvements. While the 2018 survey informed our strategic planning process, the 2019 results inform our 2020 research agenda and communications. We’ve highlighted some of...Read More
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4/1/21

News & Updates | 1st Quarter 2021

President's message When I first learned of the dollar amounts that will flow to Wisconsin’s local governments and school districts from the new American Rescue Plan, I felt like I was in the “Bizarro” episode from the Seinfeld show. That’s the one where Jerry and his friends feel like they’re...Read More
Event Recap

3/19/21

Forum Friday: State Superintendent Candidate Forum

For the March 2021 installment of our virtual event series, Forum Friday, we hosted a discussion with State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates Deborah Kerr and Jill Underly. The two candidates will face off for the state’s top education post in the spring election on April 6. Forum Senior Researcher...Read More
Interactive Data

1/26/21

Does Your Police Department Use Body or Dashboard Cameras?

In late 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Justice surveyed police departments and sheriff’s offices around the state in regards to their use of officer body cameras and vehicle dashboard cameras. The visual below documents each department’s response, as well as information the department provided in regards to their budget. The...Read More
Event Recap

1/26/21

Forum hosts higher ed panel, elects new directors at 2021 Annual Meeting

While our 2021 Annual Meeting looked different this year, it still delivered what you’d expect from Forum events: informed, provocative discussion with high-profile guests on timely policy topics. More than 200 people tuned in virtually for our event, which featured a provocative discussion about our new report on the state...Read More
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1/4/21

4th Quarter 2020 President’s Message

The devastating impacts wrought by the global pandemic in 2020 have been appropriately discussed and contextualized by many others in the final days of this tragic year. Instead of reflecting on that damage in my year-end message, I’ll focus instead on our response. While the human suffering and economic devastation...Read More
Newsletter

1/4/21

News & Updates | 4th Quarter 2020

President’s Message The devastating impacts wrought by the global pandemic in 2020 have been appropriately discussed and contextualized by many others in the final days of this tragic year. Instead of reflecting on that damage in my year-end message, I’ll focus instead on the Forum’s role in responding. COVID-19 not...Read More