Research

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…

Research 01/24/2021

The COVID Economy: The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Despite the largest federal stimulus package in history, the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been significant. 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. “Wisconsin, like the rest of our nation, has been battered from…

Research 11/10/2020

Broadband in Rural Wisconsin: Identifying Gaps, Highlighting Successes

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. “Without a doubt broadband access in all corners of our state is crucial for the success of Wisconsin. Over the past two decades,…

Research 07/22/2020

The Green Book, A Book of County Facts, 3rd Edition

Forward Analytics, the research division of the Wisconsin Counties Association, has released the 3rd Edition of The Green Book, A Book of County Facts. 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. “Counties are performing critical functions on behalf of the state and…

Research 06/15/2020

Economic Activity in a Pandemic: Wisconsin Taxable Sales in March & April

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. See the full report here. According to recently released data from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, taxable sales in Wisconsin declined 10.5% in March and April compared to…