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.

Legislators: Here are Some Places to Reduce the State’s Budget

April 19, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Where would you reduce the State Of Alaska budget? Here are some great ideas–what do you think?

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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

Energy

Three Letters That Strike Fear: EPA

Now that President Obama has delivered his new edict on climate change/global warming to us, he has empowered the EPA to...
Jun 27, 2013 15:42

Education

Alaska Education Funding: Spend More, Get Less

Here’s another great chart showing Alaska as a statistical outlier in K-12 spending, in constant dollars.  No other...
Mar 9, 2016 16:44

Accountability

Anchorage Payroll Just Released; 453 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. ...
Mar 31, 2016 14:39

Recent Articles

Legislators: Here are Some Places to Reduce the State’s Budget

Where would you reduce the State Of Alaska budget? Here are some great ideas–what do you think?

April 19th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

State of Alaska Payroll for Fiscal Year 2015 Just Released

Here at the Alaska Policy Forum we believe that transparency is always the best public policy.  As the state’s only free-market think tank, we believe transparency is the key to a more educated, involved, and successful Alaska, especially during these difficult economic times.   We believe that public record information should be readily available to […]

April 15th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Public Monies Fund These Private Educational Institutions

Here is a listing of those “educational” institutions that high school graduates attend using their Alaska Performance Scholarship funds.  Now these educational/training organizations may be providing some great instruction to post-high school students.  But these are state funds and are being used to fund other than public education.  Doesn’t this violate the Alaska Constitution, Article […]

April 14th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Let’s Use Your PFD to Fund Alaska Students’ College Education

Do you believe that Alaska college students should use your PFD or their PFDs to pay for their education?

April 12th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

What will the US Dept of Education do with Alaska’s AMP Test Failure?

Here is a post from Politico which may shed some light on Alaska’s quandary on its troubled Alaska Measurement of Progress (AMP) test: “IS ALASKA MAKING ‘EVERY EFFORT’ TO ADMINISTER TESTS? After major technical glitches [http://politico.pro/1S1OhcD], resulted in Alaska canceling all testing for the rest of the year [http://politico.pro/1Vylnpe ], early figures showed that the […]

April 12th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage School District Fails to Educate Mentally Challenged Students

What would you do if you had a mentally challenged student that wasn’t receiving adequate educational services from your school district? You should support your child and do everything you can to change the law so your child can thrive.

April 8th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Nonprofit releases report on city employee salaries, KTUU

Mayor Berkowitz believes that our publishing of the Muni of Anchorage payroll is “inflammatory” not “informational”. Does he want to keep the general public in the dark on its employees’ payroll? We will shine the light and provide transparency as our agenda.

April 7th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Just Released-Fairbanks North Star Borough Payroll

We have just received a copy of the Fairbanks North Star Borough payroll for 2015.  As you can see, there are no employee names which is unfortunate and the listing is by position description. Of special interest are the column headings “Health” and “PERS”.  The health column shows costs ranging from $27,336 to $12,588 (not […]

April 5th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Proposition 8 Puts Ceiling on Property Taxes

Can you believe that the Anchorage government would have taken $141,971,951 more from property taxpayers if the current Assembly-voted tax regime were in place since 2008? These are the anti-Proposition 8 folks.

April 4th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage Payroll Just Released; 453 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.  Over the past 4 years we have provided as much information that we could obtain from local/state governments and school districts.  We believe it is important for taxpayers to know how much their employees […]

March 31st, 2016 | Accountability, Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Detroit Public School Principals Get Recognition (fm FBI) on Fiscal Policy

Detroit public school principals rob students of education money. How does this happen? Could it, and does it happen here in Alaska?

March 30th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Funds PERS Retirement for Alaska Municipal League Employees

The irony and hypocrisy is simply overwhelming. Here is the CEO of Alaska Municipal League arguing against shifting PERS costs to local governments even though she is covered in PERS as a non-government employee!

March 29th, 2016 | Accountability | Read More

Alaska Pork Book Exposes Crony Capitalism & Waste

Did you know that Alaska has spent more than $15 Billion on capital spending projects since 2005? Add to that another nearly $14 Billion of federal taxpayer dollars and Alaska spent nearly $30 Billion on capital projects in the last 10 years. And what do we have to show for it? Very little.

March 24th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Education Funding: Spend More, Get Less

Alaska spends loads of money and some want to spend even more on K12 education. Why? What will be the return on that investment? Is there any accountability for student achievement and spending buckets of money on K12?

March 9th, 2016 | Education, Fiscal Policy | Read More

Governor Walker’s DHSS Budget Saves Only $1 Million, not $47 Million as Stated

Although there appear to be many savings in the FY17 budget, much of these savings are through shifting the payment for Medicaid services from the state government to the federal government. These transfers are implemented through “Medicaid reform” initiatives, such as 100% federal payment for travel of Alaska Natives, and increased use of federal funding […]

March 4th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Ordinary Alaskan Citizens Challenge Legislators with Specific Budget Cuts

It’s time ordinary Alaskans had a voice in setting the economic priorities of the State Of Alaska.  United For Liberty-Alaska is an all- volunteer group of Alaskans who have no special interest group or paid lobbyists speaking for them.  Legislators have heard from special interests/lobbyists during this session.  Now it is time for them to […]

February 19th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More
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