Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Analysis

Reports on the fourth-year evaluation of school choice in Milwaukee will be released in Madison Wednesday, March 30, in a series of presentations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pyle Center.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hinds evaluates programs

Alum Tom Hinds evaluates state programs for the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau.

A few years out of college, Bickey Rimal found his professional interests shifting from chemistry to public policy, and he decided to pursue formal training at the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

A new analysis by suggests that school districts could see an aggregate 7 percent reduction in allowable revenues relative to the 2010-11 revenue limit — if the Wisconsin governor's budget includes a mandated reduction of $500 per pupil in the sum of general aid received from the state and local property tax revenue.
Thursday, March 10, 2011

School revenue limit figures revised

Tax policy expert Andrew Reschovsky has released new figures estimating revenue limits for school districts based on the detailed proposals included in the Wisconsin governor's executive budget for the 2011-13 biennium.

The practicality of the La Follette School program has stood Grant Cummings in good stead. In his position as an analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Cummings finds he has used something from nearly every course he took at La Follette, even though he has been on the job for less than a year.

A cost-benefit analysis by students finds that changing Wisconsin's tax on motor fuels from the fixed excise tax of 32.9 cents per gallon to a mixed-tax alternative could yield between $939 million and $1.7 billion in additional revenue between 2012 and 2020.

When Jake Schindler's partner at the small real estate brokerage firm mentioned his retirement plans, Schindler knew the time had come to think about a career change. He earned a master's degree in public affairs at the La Follette School in May 2010 and joined the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau shortly afterward.

First-year student Alex Marach likes solving problems and building solutions, and the practice of policy analysis and recommendations will enable him to do just that.

La Follette School student Jen Winter spent much of her summer going to meetings and trying to schedule meetings. As an intern with the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, she gained an up-close introduction to the U.S. State Department, the European Union and the life of a foreign service officer.

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