Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Great Recession continues to wreak havoc on city budgets long after it officially ended, depriving many of the nation's largest central cites of tax revenue even as the economy recovers, according to a new data analysis by La Follette School economist Andrew Reschovsky and other researchers at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Read the news release

1997 alum Matthew Weber has won the 2014 Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association.
Michael Solorza is good in a crisis — a fiscal crisis, that is. As the new administrative services director for the city of Westminster, California, the 1996 alum is figuring out the best way to manage a $3 million gap in the city's $42 million general fund budget.

The different ways elected boards function never ceases to intrigue 2003 alum Sara Schnoor.

Growing up in a working class Milwaukee neighborhood and getting bused to a wealthy suburb for school primed La Follette School student Caroline McCormack for pursuing a career in housing and community development.

1988 alum and former Milwaukee mayor John Norquist is stepping down as executive director of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Read more …
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Behm deepens knowledge of energy policy

Andrew Behm enjoys working in a policy area that is beginning to change after decades of equilibrium — energy policy.

Policies that have best helped central cities maintain public services in the wake of the housing market collapse and the Great Recession will become clearer thanks to a $450,000 two-year grant won by La Follette School economist Andrew Reschovsky.
As Detroit faces bankruptcy and other U.S. cities address an ongoing crisis in municipal finance, a new interactive database allows for the first time meaningful comparisons of city finances — from spending on schools, police, and public works to revenues from the property tax and other sources.
Memorial services were held June 14 for 1987 alum Sheila Chaffee, who died in Madison at age 76.
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