Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Wisconsin is experiencing a “tight” labor market in which employers are having difficulty filling jobs with qualified workers. The state’s aging labor force, low in-migration rates, and steady job growth are expected to exacerbate these challenges for employers and workers in the coming years.

An in-depth look by La Follette School students at services for frail older adults and people with physical and developmental disabilities is helping the Wisconsin Department of Health Services improve those services and the collection and organization of data.

Students in the domestic and international public affairs workshops covered topics that included municipal fees, methods for evaluating countries requesting U.S. aid, and options for allocating state child welfare dollars to Wisconsin counties.

Three 2009 La Follette School graduates will give an encore of their workshop presentation to a Milwaukee Common Council committee in July. After hearing their recommendations on municipal solid waste collection fees in May, Mayor Tom Barrett suggested that the students share their findings with the Common Council.
Although many Americans don't think much about what's in their peanut butter, Susan Yackee, a leading scholar on the regulatory policymaking process at federal agencies, knows that the childhood favorite must contain at least 90 percent peanuts, as well as how that standard was established.
Thursday, 20 March 2014 19:00

Yackee uncovers rulemaking process

Susan Yackee is shining light into the back room of the White House where policymakers often make key decisions. The La Follette School political scientist is applying her expertise in administrative rulemaking to the president's Office of Management and Budget.

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