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Wisconsin Attorney General Issues Opinion on Public Records Fees

Wisconsin’s Attorney General issued an advisory opinion on August 8, 2018 on charging fees under the Wisconsin Public Records Law. The opinion is linked here: Attorney General’s Advisory Opinion on Public Records Fees. The League of Wisconsin Municipalities has a summary of the opinion in their latest issue of Capitol Buzz, August 9, 2018. For […]

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Local Government Fiscal Stress in Wisconsin in The Municipality, August 2018

Local Government Fiscal Stress in Wisconsin, published in the August 2018 issue of The Municipality, is the follow-up to Yunji Kim’s article Local Governments and Fiscal Stress (July 2018 The Municipality). In this second article Ms. Kim focuses on what drives fiscal stress and how local governments have responded in Wisconsin. The article begins on […]

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Fall Town and Village Workshops Around the State in September

Fall Town and Village Workshops including Budget and Finance will be presented in nine locations across the state in September. Designed for town and village board chairs and presidents, members and trustees, town and village clerks and clerk-treasurers, topics will include budget preparation, road maintenance, right-of-way safety, DOR updates and forms, legislative update, collecting personal […]

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Articles by Yunji Kim and Chuck Law are in The Municipality, July 2018

These two articles by Local Government Center specialists were published in the July 2018 issue of The Municipality. Local Governments and Fiscal Stress by Yunji Kim, Local Government Specialist, is on page 9. An Examination of Wisconsin BIDs by Chuck Law, Community Planning and Design Specialist and Local Government Center Director and Beth Richmond, Planner, […]


UniverCity Alliance seeking a Local Government Partner for its next UniverCity Year

How does a local government partnership with UniverCity Alliance (UCA) work? First, UCA matches the local government’s top priorities with courses taught by UW-Madison faculty Second, students in these courses work on the issues and questions over the course of the school year Lastly, the local government partner receives research, reports, designs, solutions and new […]

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Encouraging Women to Run for Local Elected Office

Jennifer Erickson, Dan Hill, and Victoria Solomon have built on research begun in 2016. They just presented, “Leadership in Local Government: Encouraging Women to Run for Local Elected Office” at the UW Women’s & Gender Studies Consortium’s 41st Wisconsin Women and Gender Studies Conference, April 12-14, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin. Their new research, based on […]


New Podcast Series: Local Government Matters

You might be interested in a new podcast series that focuses on local government in Wisconsin, “Local Government Matters.” It’s presented by the Wheeler Report.  Listen to the second episode of “Local Government Matters” where Jerry Deschane of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Mark O’Connell of the Wisconsin Counties Association discuss Dark Stores and how they […]