The City of Milwaukee, like many cities around the United States, has faced financial challenges in recent years. Budgetary constraints have put pressure on the city’s ability to promote economic growth, fund its pension obligations, and maintain basic infrastructure. Addressing these challenges requires research-based solutions and an innovative approach to governance that places data and evidence at the forefront of policymaking.
This report is the product of Milwaukee’s participation in the Stanford Graduate School of Business Public Policy Lab, supported by the Hoover Institution. The Lab is an experiential learning course for MBA students where we partner with cities across the country to assess their policies and make recommendations based on research and discussions with city officials and scholars. The culmination of this course is a summit in which city leaders hear policy recommendations from students and meet with members of the Hoover Institution State and Local Governance Initiative to discuss our research efforts.