The (im)moral vision of the NEA

The (im)moral vision of the NEA

What kind of vision animates those who oppose school choice?

How Alaska Calculates Oil Taxes and Royalties

How Alaska Calculates Oil Taxes and Royalties

Want to know how to calculate the basics on the oil tax debate? How much is Alaska’s take and how much do producers make? Cut through the noise and chatter from both sides of the debate.

What Would Dr. King Say?

What Would Dr. King Say?

About the word “sectarian” in the Alaska Constitution…

MatSu School District Report Card

MatSu School District Report Card

The MatSu School District Report card is now available at the Alaska Policy Forum website.

Fake News Rides Roughshod Over Budget Truth in Alaska

March 25, 2017 at 7:50 AM

Lots of Fake News coming out of Juneau. Do you trust legislators to tell you the truth or are they beholden to special interests? Hold on to your wallets–here come taxes, taxes and more taxes.

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Health Care

Alaska’s Current Medicaid Program Fraught With Waste and May Take Your PFD to Fix it

It’s just money so why should we worry?  In case you haven’t seen it, the sworn affidavit of Margaret Brodie,...
Jul 30, 2015 15:15

Education

Does Spending More on K12 Produce Better Results?

by: Bob Griffin In the below table states are rank ordered by per capita spending on K-12 education, normalized for the difference...
Feb 1, 2017 7:15

Accountability

Juneau Borough Payroll Just Released; 526 Employees Cost More Than the Mayor

One of our guiding principles at the Alaska Policy Forum is that government should be limited and as transparent as possible. ...
Jun 2, 2016 15:40

Recent Articles

Fake News Rides Roughshod Over Budget Truth in Alaska

Lots of Fake News coming out of Juneau. Do you trust legislators to tell you the truth or are they beholden to special interests? Hold on to your wallets–here come taxes, taxes and more taxes.

March 25th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Let’s Prioritize Alaska State Spending and Pay for Performance

What should the state fund? What are the funding priorities? Should the state measure the performance of activities it funds or just dole out the money? These are questions the legislature should be asking of the bureaucrats and Administration.

March 22nd, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Here’s Where to Reduce the Governor’s Budget

Legislators are pressured by special interests and lobbyists to keep funding their programs. Here is $161,000,000 in savings culled from SB22, the governor’s budget. Read it and tell legislators you do not want to have your PFD fund these programs.

March 17th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Colorado Has a Lesson for Alaska With its Spending Cap

How do we as citizens limit the growth of government if our elected officials won’t? How about a Spending Cap in the Alaska Constitution?

March 14th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

One Stop Shopping for Legislative Bills and Legislators’ Report Card

We note that it is very difficult for the average Alaskan to follow the goings-on of legislators when they are in Juneau. We are giving Alaskans an easy way to find out how did their legislators vote and how much liberty did they vote for–our legislator report card. We all get report cards in life–our legislators should be no different.

March 5th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

A Budget Plan for Alaskans

Can Alaska have a budget plan that balances the budget in 5 years without taxes, fees or increasing other revenue streams? Check this article out for Senator Dunleavy’s plan.

February 17th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

The NEA Helped Create the US Dept of Education

“That’s true,” says NEA executive director Terry Herndon. “There’d be no department without the NEA.” Is the NEA responsible for the beginning of the U.S. Department of Education as payback to Jimmy Carter?

February 11th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Betsy DeVos Feared by Teacher Union Leaders; Loved by Low Income & Minority Kids

Why do teacher union leaders fear Betsy DeVos so much? Is it because the the teachers unions could lose power to parents and their children?

February 6th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

The Case For Betsy DeVos, Letter to Editor

What does a teacher of 41 years think about Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education? Check this out.

February 2nd, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Does Spending More on K12 Produce Better Results?

Alaska spends tons of money on K12 education and gets little return on its investment, compared to other states like Florida and Massachusetts. What is Alaska doing wrong? Will spending more get better student achievement? Not if this table is any indication.

February 1st, 2017 | Education | Read More

Liberals try to sink Anchorage Spending Cap Petition and Gouge Citizens

Elected officials most always want to spend more of citizens’ money. Here is a prime example of just that. When does We The People come into play? You had better get involved or get gouged.

January 17th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, Believes All Children Need Opportunity to Succeed

What does Betsy DeVos so strongly support in K12 education?  Answer: The maximum education opportunity for every child so they can succeed in life. Now, who can be against that?  Answer: The teachers unions who want to maintain the status quo even though it robs students of their futures. The teachers unions have flooded the […]

January 9th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Governor Walker’s Taking of 1/2 PFD Creates More Poverty

The Institute of Social & Economic Research has just released a new study “How PFDs Reduce Poverty in Alaska” which addresses how reducing PFDs hurt the most vulnerable Alaskans.  A previous ISER study demonstrated how cutting the PFD had the most adverse effect on Alaska’s private economy, even more adverse than either an income tax […]

December 22nd, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Washington Teachers Union Even Wants to Close Public Charter Schools

Why would education unions oppose PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS? What do they fear?

December 8th, 2016 | Education | Read More

Governor Walker and Reality

Our friend Craig Medred has written a great column regarding the state of Alaska’s economy. Here is an excerpt from the article: “The Alaska Department of Labor on Friday released the job numbers for the first half of 2016 showing a 1.2 percent decline in jobs in January accelerating into a 2.5 percent decline by […]

December 6th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Who is Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Nominee to Lead Department of Education?

Betsy DeVos is an education reformer and is focused on what is best for the kids and parents. It’s time to save thousands of kids’ futures.

December 1st, 2016 | Education, Recent News | Read More
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