Public Policy Institute

Community Advocates Milwaukee Wisconsin

The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute has clear and simple goals: To explain why so many Milwaukeeans are poor, and to develop and implement a practical strategy to reduce poverty throughout Wisconsin.

Medicine Collection Day Scheduled for Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District (MMSD) is inviting area residents to properly dispose of unwanted and expired medicines at the Mitchell Park Domes on Saturday, April 26th from 10 am – 2 pm.

Medicine collection efforts have removed over 21 tons of prescription drugs in Milwaukee County since 2006, but opportunities to do so are currently limited.

Police department take-backs are only open to residents within the participating community. For Milwaukee residents who have unwanted and unused medications, this is the only major opportunity for safe disposal in 2014.

Residents are invited to bring prescription and over-the-counter medications, ointments sprays, inhalers, creams, vials and pet medications. Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, biohazardous material (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc.), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas) will not be accepted.

For more information, see the informational flyer or the MMSD website here.

Common Council Approves Resolution for Greatly Reducing Poverty

Common Council Approves Resolution for Greatly Reducing Poverty

The Common Council of the City of Milwaukee recently approved a resolution that supports the enactment of the policy package, developed by the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, for greatly reducing poverty.

On a 12-1 vote, the Council approved File # 131304, a "substitute resolution supporting enactment of a comprehensive federal legislative package to greatly reduce poverty, directing the Department of Administration - Intergovernmental Relations Division to actively seek enactment of this legislation, and directing the Intergovernmental Relations Division and other City agencies to support state legislation for the reduction of poverty in the state, and implement local initiatives that will strengthen support for such legislation."

View the video footage from the presentation by David Riemer, Conor Williams, Leroy Mclin (Milwaukee Working Projet participant), Joseph Ellewanger (Project Return Milwaukee), and Brian keith Osei (Project Return participant) here (Agenda item #27).View the video footage from the presentation by David Riemer, Conor Williams, Leroy Mclin (Milwaukee Working Projet participant), Joseph Ellewanger (Project Return Milwaukee), and Brian Keith Osei (Project Return participant) here (Agenda item #27).

PPI Releases "Pathways to Ending Poverty" Report to Public

In Wisconsin, we can no longer say that poverty reduction policies do not work, or that no one yet knows what it takes to greatly reduce poverty. No other proposal to achieve these goals hs been offered, much less confirmed. The "Reducing Poverty in Wisconsin" report by the Urban Institute confirms that a four-part policy package developed by PPI could reduce Wisconsin poverty between 58% and 81%. Conor Williams also discussed the plan on Wisconsin Public Radio. Read more about the Pathways to Ending Poverty Project here.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Endorses Expanding Transitional Jobs Program

In its September 27, 2012, editorial, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorsed expanding Wisconsin's Transitional Jobs Program: "The transitional jobs program has been successful in Wisconsin on a small scale by providing work to those who have the hardest time finding employment. But to have a real impact on the many who have been unemployed for long periods of time and help address the state's high unemployment and poverty rates, the program should be expanded."


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