As worker incentive programs gain traction in the Midwest, Milwaukee leaders are among a spate of local-level officials considering introducing similar strategies to get a leg up on attracting talent.

Wisconsin Policy Forum report released this week examined the rise in popularity of such worker incentives programs. The report found that the Midwest has the most communities offering such programs, although Wisconsin has been “slower to embrace this approach.”

“Like other economic development incentives, this approach can be controversial since it targets benefits to a relatively small number of individuals in a community – while potentially delivering minimal benefits for the population as a whole,” reads the WPF report.

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