A new report from Forward Analytics, Rethinking Revenues: A National Perspective on Funding Counties, highlights some of the fiscal challenges faced by Wisconsin’s 72 counties due to a long-term shift in state spending priorities, state budget cuts, strict property tax limits, and few local revenue options — challenges that remain despite an influx of federal assistance.
A new report from Forward Analytics, The COVID Economy: The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, examines the economic damage wrought by the pandemic in Wisconsin from March through November 2020.
While broadband is nearly universal in Wisconsin cities and villages, there are major disparities in the rural parts of the state, according to a new Forward Analytics report, Broadband in Rural Wisconsin: Identifying Gaps, Highlighting Successes.
Forward Analytics has announced the publication of The Green Book, A Book of County Facts, 3rd Edition. This fact book provides a wide range of information on county government structure, county population and economies, county finances, development, veterans and school-age populations.
A new report by Forward Analytics, Economic Activity During a Pandemic: Wisconsin Taxable Sales in March & April, shows the varying impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our state’s economy.
Forward Analytics has released Deconstructing Depopulation: Rural Characteristics & Population Change. The latest report looks at rural population decline through two lenses: the source of the loss and the county characteristics that are related to population losses and gains. The report is a follow-up to The Rural Challenge: Depopulation and Its Economic Consequences.
A new Forward Analytics report, The Rural Challenge: Depopulation and Its Economic Consequences, found that from 2010-2018, two thirds of rural counties in Wisconsin lost population. That percentage was up from 44% during 2000-10, and in rural counties across the nation, a similar pattern has emerged.
“The Birth Dearth: Falling Fertility Rates, Fewer Babies,” shows that, sometime over the next decade, the state could be headed toward a natural decrease in population in Wisconsin, where deaths exceed births.
Forward Analytics has released An Economic Evolution: Job Growth, Pay and Education Since 2012. The report shows a growing economy that is evolving into one in which jobs require more education and skills. It also documents an economy in which job growth is not occurring in low paying occupations, but rather in those further up the pay scale.
Forward Analytics has announced the publication of The Green Book, A Book of County Facts, 2nd Edition. This fact book provides a wide range of information on county government structure, county population and economies, county finances, and development. New this year is information on veterans and school-age populations.
The Falling Behind: Migration Changes and State Workforce report reveals troubling trends for the future of Wisconsin’s workforce landscape. The report was issued April 15, 2019 by Forward Analytics.
For decades, baby boomers drove labor force changes, both nationally and in Wisconsin. Now, as they retire, they are being replaced by millennials, a group that will approach 40% of the workforce over the next few years. The challenge for Wisconsin, and other states, is to attract and retain this group.
While WCA staff spend significant time getting to know members personally, the association felt a statistical snapshot of county board supervisors could be useful to both WCA, as well as its members. In the spring of 2018, WCA surveyed 1,600 county board supervisors and received 1,100 responses. The response rate of 68.8% was well above the average 30% to 40% rate that is typical for a survey like this.