3rd Quarter, 2016

I was talking recently with an individual who was very active in the Forum years ago and who continues to have high praise for our work. As often happens when I talk to people who appreciate the Forum's research, the conversation turned to impact – are governments and school districts actually...

2nd Quarter, 2016

Six weeks ago, in my role as President of the Governmental Research Association, I travelled to Wayne State University in Detroit to deliver a speech on "Nonpartisanship in the Age of Polarization." The organizers asked me to provide perspective on how policy research organizations that call...

1st Quarter, 2016

Election season can be a difficult time to work for a nonpartisan public policy think tank. On a personal level, the urge to spout off on social media about things we see or hear from candidates must be squelched, and requests to place yard signs or make campaign contributions must be rejected...

4th Quarter, 2015

With the close of another year, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the Forum's research accomplishments in 2015 and preview some of the topics we'll be pursuing in the new year. In terms of research volume, the past year was an unqualified success. We published 21 reports, which is...

3rd Quarter, 2015

Members and friends of the Forum may have noticed that we've been pretty busy lately. During this past quarter we released six reports, which is the most in any quarter since I joined the Forum in January 2008. And, if that's not prolific enough, we anticipate releasing an additional seven or...

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