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Research 09/21/2022

Moving In? Exploring Wisconsin’s Migration Challenges

A new report from Forward Analytics, Moving In? Exploring Wisconsin’s Migration Challenges, finds that increased migration is the only way to counter the expected large decline in the number of Wisconsin residents in their prime working years, as the state does not have enough young people to replace the baby boomers who will turn 65 over next 10 years.…

Research 09/13/2022

The Green Book, A Book of County Facts, 5th Edition

Forward Analytics, the research division of the Wisconsin Counties Association, has released the 5th Edition of The Green Book, A Book of County Facts. The Green Book, A Book of County Facts was first released in 2018. The first edition contained county data on 22 measures in four broad areas: county organization, population and demographics, county finances, and economy/development.…

Research 04/13/2022

Flush with Cash: Wisconsin’s Growing Financial Reserves

A new report titled Flush with Cash: Wisconsin’s Growing Financial Reserves released by Forward Analytics shows that the state of Wisconsin’s financial reserves totalled $4.3 billion at the end of fiscal 2021 and is growing. At 22% of annual state spending, reserves are at an all-time high.See the full report, Flush with Cash: Wisconsin’s Growing Financial Reserves, here.Total financial…

Research 12/15/2021

Slowing Down: Wisconsin’s Waning Population Growth

A new report from Forward Analytics shows that the state of Wisconsin will face challenges in the coming years due to stagnating population growth during the last decade. According to the report, Slowing Down: Wisconsin’s Waning Population Growth, the state’s population increased 3.6%, the slowest 10-year growth rate on record. This trend is being driven by a declining youth…

Research 06/08/2021

Rethinking Revenues: A National Perspective on Funding Counties

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. In 2008-2019, state…