About the Wisconsin Policy Forum
The Wisconsin Policy Forum was created on January 1, 2018, by the merger of the Milwaukee-based
Public Policy Forum and the Madison-based Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. Throughout their lengthy
histories, both organizations engaged in nonpartisan, independent research and civic education on
fiscal and policy issues affecting state and local governments and school districts in Wisconsin. WPF
is committed to those same activities and that spirit of nonpartisanship.
Preface and Acknowledgments
This report was undertaken to provide citizens and policymakers in the Greater Racine region and
across the state with an independent, comprehensive, and objective analysis of the fiscal condition
of the City of Racine government. We hope that policymakers and community leaders will use the
report’s findings to inform discussions during upcoming policy debates and budget deliberations at
both the City and State level and as they prepare for the arrival of Foxconn.
Report authors would like to thank Racine fiscal officials and departmental staff for their assistance
in providing information on the City’s finances and for patiently answering our questions.
In addition, we wish to acknowledge and thank the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, which helped
fund this research as part of its “Resilient Communities Initiative,” which is focused on building
resiliency in the Greater Racine Region to improve the social and economic health of all area
citizens. We also thank the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and the Rockwell Automation
Charitable Corporation for their long-standing support of our local government finance research.
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