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With a recent lead testing scandal still festering, Milwaukee officials are again looking to use the city budget to curtail the threat posed by lead water pipes and flaking paint throughout the city. Read more

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When Milwaukee County officials tried to increase local sales taxes in 2008, they gave the final say on the proposal to state lawmakers. Many now think that was a mistake. Read more

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Proposed cutbacks in bus routes and lack of road construction in the interstate system threaten Milwaukee’s advantage as an easy city for commuting. Read more

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The forum’s “Municipal Datatool,” released in July, is an online database offering a trove of information on everything from municipal spending and debt to income, population and property taxes. Read more

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Among Midwestern states, Wisconsin is the only one to have not adopted federally recommended rules meant to lower barriers to the development of 5G wireless networks. Read more

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Madison entrepreneur Steve Kokette aims to provide accurate information for consumers on truly green products. Read more

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We Energies’ attempt to charge homeowners who generate their own solar power begs the questions: How much of the market for solar power will belong to large utilities? Read more

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You can’t just throw anything old into your recycling bin. Read more

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Wisconsin lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would close a fiscal loophole offering tax breaks to companies leaving the state. Read more

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The Milwaukee County Board and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele don’t agree on much, but they agree that the county needs financial help from the state. Read more

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Milwaukee’s record-breaking building boom is not receding, due to several high-profile development projects to come in the near future. Read more

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For a seemingly abstruse issue, the so-called dark-store loophole in state law received a resounding rejection when it was put on the ballot this past November. Read more

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JobLines, bus routes set up to bring people to work, are struggling to find funding, despite their popularity among Downtown Milwaukee workers. Read more

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While retailers left the Midtown Center, grocery store giant Kroger has chosen to to double down by investing in the Midtown neighborhood. Read more

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After seeing his promise to create 250,000 private-sector jobs in his first term in office fail utterly, Gov. Walker was no doubt happy to check off a different priority on his to-do list, but was he right in doing so? Read more

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Many people have found themselves at odds in recent years with Scott Walker over his transportation policies; even some of his fellow Republicans have questioned his heavy reliance on borrowing to pay for construction and repair projects. Read more

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As long as Wisconsin’s elected public officials aren’t greatly increasing their support of local road projects, it’s hard to believe they would have ever halted the ongoing general trend toward the adoption of county wheel taxes. Read more

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In many ways, Milwaukee would seem blessed by its abundance of theaters and performance venues for both the fine and popular arts. But, is it an over-abundance? Read more

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“Can the county afford a park system as extensive as it is today?” asks Wisconsin Policy Forum’s president Rob Henken. “Can Milwaukee County government continue its current level of support for things like the zoo, museum and the Marcus Center?” Read more

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As Wisconsin tries to recruit and train a new generation of skilled tradespeople, the state is faced with the problem of where to find the enormous numbers of workers needed to construct the Foxconn facility. Read more

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