Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Policy Report Spring 2005


  • Director's Perspective: On Partisan Expertise
    Donald Nichols on the challenges of providing non-partisan expertise in a partisan world. Page 1
  • Assessing the Global Digital Divide
    Menzie Chinn and Richard Fairlie compare determinants of computer and Internet use around the world and consider how to combat the global digital divide. Page 1
  • Improving Performance Management in Public Programs: Lessons from the Workforce Investment Act System
    Carolyn J. Heinrich examines the effect of a greater emphasis on performance accountability on employment assistance programs operated under the federal 1998 Workforce Investment Act, which replaced the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982. Page 3
  • Enhancing Criminal Sentencing Options in Wisconsin: The State and County Correctional Partnership
    Pär Jason Engle and David Weimer suggest that states and counties could save on incarceration costs by diverting felons who commit less serious crimes to county-based community corrections programs. In return the state would give counties block grants based on the historical number of sentence years given to such felons. Page 15
  • The Middle Way to Property Tax Reform
    In light of increasing property taxes in Wisconsin, Donald Nichols proposes a deferral plan that would help older adults stay in their homes and ensure that local authorities would still receive the funds they are due from increased assessments. Page 19

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Vol. 15, No. 1