Marquette Wire

RTA creation bill fails to see vote in Legislature

Tim Seeman

April 27, 2010

A bill that would have allowed for the creation of a permanent regional transit authority in southeastern Wisconsin failed to see a vote in the state Legislature before the legislative session closed Thursday. The primary rea...

Rising pension, health costs bring fiscal crisis

Tim Seeman

February 4, 2010

The unbridled growth of Milwaukee County employee pension and health care costs has pushed the county to the brink of "a full-blown fiscal crisis," according to an independent Public Policy Forum report released last week. The...

Missing the grade

Tim Seeman

November 19, 2009

Over the years, Milwaukee Public Schools have struggled with low test scores, low graduation rates, startling gaps in racial achievement and administrative inefficiencies. Several school board and superintendent combinations have been u...

Revenue structure endangers city finances

Tim Seeman

September 10, 2009

Milwaukee's financial outlook is becoming increasingly grim because of the city's faulty revenue structure, an independent government watchdog group reported last week. The basis of the problem is simple: The city's expenses...