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Rob Henken

Rob Henken, president of the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

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Murphy’s Law: State’s New Top Policy Wonk
Murphy’s Law

State’s New Top Policy Wonk

Rob Henken will run merged WisTax and Public Policy Forum. Oh, the attacks he will face.

Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance and Public Policy Forum Unveil New Name Merged Organization Will Be Wisconsin Policy Forum
Public Policy Forum and Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance to Merge
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Public Policy Forum and Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance to Merge

Researchers at the new group will continue to focus on issues important to state government, local government, schools, Metro Milwaukee, and Wisconsin’s economy.

Opioid Crisis Still Growing

Opioid Crisis Still Growing

Are there solutions? Panel of experts share views on epidemic of overdoses, deaths.

State Unfair to Big Cities, Henken Says

State Unfair to Big Cities, Henken Says

At MU interview series, Public Policy Forum leader says Milwaukee needs a sales tax.

Public Policy Forum president Henken goes ‘On the Issues’ at Marquette Law School
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Public Policy Forum president Henken goes ‘On the Issues’ at Marquette Law School

He will discuss how other cities are generating revenue, and whether any of those approaches might work in Milwaukee.

“Shining Example”: Public Policy Forum Praises County Executive Abele’s #EngageMKE Initiative
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“Shining Example”: Public Policy Forum Praises County Executive Abele’s #EngageMKE Initiative

The Engage MKE initiative allows County residents to balance their own budget for Milwaukee County.

New City Tax Needed, Officials Say

New City Tax Needed, Officials Say

Reacting to new report, area legislators say Milwaukee needs sales or income tax.

Bike Czar: State Bike Summit Held May 4
Bike Czar

State Bike Summit Held May 4

Annual summit in Milwaukee a must for bike lovers and advocates.

Plenty of Horne: Menomonee Valley Lacks Transit
Plenty of Horne

Menomonee Valley Lacks Transit

Valley's employers have transit needs similar to suburbs, study says.

City Residents Hiring Program Falls Short

City Residents Hiring Program Falls Short

Promising effort employs minorities in construction, needs more monitoring and funding.

Crime Rate Like “a Third World Country”

Crime Rate Like “a Third World Country”

Officials at Greater Milwaukee Committee call for solutions to homicides, juvenile crime.

Blacks Bear Brunt of Pot Arrests

Blacks Bear Brunt of Pot Arrests

New study shows blacks are 39% of city’s population but 72% of arrests for marijuana possession.

Murphy’s Law: Do Millennials Oppose the Streetcar?
Murphy’s Law

Do Millennials Oppose the Streetcar?

Not really, but a new survey is fueling misunderstandings. What do millennials really want?

Report Finds Mental Health Care Issues

Report Finds Mental Health Care Issues

Public Policy Forum says system improved but hard to navigate.

Mental Health Care Reform Still Has Issues

Mental Health Care Reform Still Has Issues

Milwaukee County struggles making transition to a community-based mental healthcare model.

Milwaukee’s Infrastructure Challenges

Milwaukee’s Infrastructure Challenges

Public Policy Forum panelists agree: Federal money is becoming a less reliable source of infrastructure funding.

Federal Funds Decline for Area Non-Profits

Federal Funds Decline for Area Non-Profits

PPF study finds 7 of 9 local community groups suffered at least 10 percent cut.

Plenty of Horne: Transit Expansion Urged
Plenty of Horne

Transit Expansion Urged

Milwaukee is far behind other cities, which will make it harder to attract young workers, experts at conference agreed.

Marquette Law School, Public Policy Forum launch website to explore Milwaukee’s entertainment and cultural needs
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Marquette Law School, Public Policy Forum launch website to explore Milwaukee’s entertainment and cultural needs

Site lets users set funding priorities, explore financing solutions

City Considers Lowering Penalties for Marijuana

City Considers Lowering Penalties for Marijuana

Study shows 86% of those convicted of pot possession are African American.

Public Policy Forum, Marquette Law School partner to launch new website focused on Milwaukee’s entertainment and cultural needs
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Public Policy Forum, Marquette Law School partner to launch new website focused on Milwaukee’s entertainment and cultural needs

Site to be unveiled during June 4 “On the Issues” presentation

Why City Workers Can’t Get to Suburban Jobs

Why City Workers Can’t Get to Suburban Jobs

Milwaukee County Transit has reduced service by 14% since 2000, and 13% of city households lack a car.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes

Aldermen Witkowski and Perez now favor it, and touted plan to extend the line into their south-side districts.

County Mental Health Board’s Slow Start Prompts Questions

County Mental Health Board’s Slow Start Prompts Questions

Volunteer board and emphasis on community-based care has worked in other cities but going slow here.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Visiting Leaders Pitch Pro Stadiums — And Transit!
Eyes on Milwaukee

Visiting Leaders Pitch Pro Stadiums — And Transit!

MMAC organized event to sell NBA arena, but speakers from Cleveland, Denver and OKC said Millenials want transit, too.

Plenty of Horne: We Need Better Transit!
Plenty of Horne

We Need Better Transit!

Suburban officials and business leaders at Downtown conference on transit call for better connections to the city.

Plenty of Horne: Fox Point Decrees: Pedestrians Must Wear Reflective Clothing
Plenty of Horne

Fox Point Decrees

The village with no sidewalks or street lights will require pedestrians to be visible at a distance of 500 feet.

Murphy’s Law: The Disconnected City
Murphy’s Law

The Disconnected City

New study shows no way for workers to get to jobs. What are its solutions?

Plenty of Horne: Every Politician in Town
Plenty of Horne

Every Politician in Town

Well, not quite, but the City's Birthday Party had a big turnout of politicians and insiders.

Good Government Geeks

Good Government Geeks

For 100 years the Public Policy Forum has worked to improve the efficiency of local government. Jeff Bentoff's new book recounts its history.

Murphy’s Law: Who’s Right in County Budget Battle?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s Right in County Budget Battle?

County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic trashes Abele’s budget. But did she improve it?

Murphy’s Law: Ament’s Sweetheart Insurance Deal For An Old Crony
Murphy’s Law

Ament’s Sweetheart Insurance Deal For An Old Crony

Accusations about cronyism in the Ament administration just keep coming.

Murphy’s Law: How Ament Prevented Any Research of the Pension Plan
Murphy’s Law

How Ament Prevented Any Research of the Pension Plan

Over and over the question has recurred: why would county supervisors, most of whom will not get the more lucrative pension payoff for veteran workers, approve this deal?