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Innovative Use of Data or Technology – 2019 Winner

Washington County Washington County Park Fees From 2015 to 2018, the Washington County park and trail system budget was reduced by more than $365,000 (30%) as the County implemented priority based budgeting in 2016. As operating costs for park maintenance continued to rise, county administrators looked to park fees as...Read More


Intergovernmental Cooperation – 2019 Winner

North Shore Fire Department, cities of Milwaukee, West Allis, Wauwatosa, Greenfield, St. Francis, and Oak Creek Improving Fire/EMS Capabilities in Milwaukee Region When an emergency occurs, the public has little concern for whether the responders are employed by their municipality – they simply want help as soon as they can...Read More


Public-Private Cooperation – 2019 Winner

Milwaukee County and Heartland Alliance St. Anthony’s Place The former County Correctional Center and St. Anthony’s Hospital on N. 10th St. in Milwaukee sat empty and boarded up for decades. Thinking beyond possible sale of the property for office space or retail, Milwaukee County leaders sought instead to use it...Read More
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Wisconsin’s Public Lands

For more on the State’s stewardship program read our latest Taxpayer.Read More
Event Recap


Viewpoint Luncheon: The State Budget’s Focus on Education: Meeting the Need or Over the Top?

More than 100 people attended our Viewpoint Luncheon: The State Budget’s Focus on Education: Meeting the Need or Over the Top? on Tuesday, May 21 at the Concourse Hotel in Madison ...Read More
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Wisconsin Among Top 10 “Brain Drain” States since 1980

Net brain gain/drain rates compare the percentages of people 31 to 40 who moved into versus out of each state and who are considered “highly educated,” which is defined as being in the top third of the national education distribution. For example, if 10% of those in that age cohort...Read More
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Wisconsin’s Unemployment Fund

When the Great Recession hit, unemployment rose and so did jobless benefits for out of work Wisconsin residents. The state had to borrow money – and raise taxes – to cover the rising claims and more than $1 billion in debt. As unemployment has fallen, the fund has recovered but...Read More
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School Referenda in Wisconsin-Spring 2019 Election Update

In recent years, Wisconsin voters have approved school district spending referenda in record numbers. Results for the spring 2019 vote still show support for many of these proposals. Our latest Focus looks at the updated trends in school referenda. This interactive ...Read More


Bipartisan Expungement Bill Considered

A bipartisan proposal to modify Wisconsin’s expungement law is advancing in the state legislature. Our June 2018 report, A Fresh Start, identified possible changes state policymakers could consider to expand opportunities for individuals to expunge criminal records in certain cases. Matching bills in the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly (SB...Read More