Sunday, December 29, 2019

Living wthin its means

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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