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.

Apologies & Bullies

April 24, 2015 at 10:41 AM

The head of the AFL-CIO Alaska has made some strong assertions regarding the Executive Director of the Alaska Policy Forum. Here they are gleaned from a YouTube posted this week. It’s too bad that he feels a need to attack the messenger without addressing the message.

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Health Care

Medicaid Expansion Hurts Medicare Seniors and Tricare Families

An open Letter to Governor Walker and Alaska State Legislators Of all the issues surrounding Medicaid expansion, fairness...
Apr 14, 2015 16:34

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 Still Bottom Feeds in Education Rankings Compared to Other States

When it comes to investing money, most people focus on the risks and the overall return on that investment.  Likewise, when...
Apr 7, 2015 13:54

Accountability

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Payroll Now Available

In the past we have provided public employee payroll information to citizens of Anchorage, the MatSu, and the State of Alaska. ...
Sep 4, 2014 17:10

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Apologies & Bullies

The head of the AFL-CIO Alaska has made some strong assertions regarding the Executive Director of the Alaska Policy Forum. Here they are gleaned from a YouTube posted this week. It’s too bad that he feels a need to attack the messenger without addressing the message.

April 24th, 2015 | Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Is Alaska Getting Bang for the Buck with its Education Funding?

We all want the best education system in the U.S., no doubt. The question is how do we improve Alaska’s public education system? Is it more money? Technology? Charter schools? We need to see what is working in other states, especially Florida.

April 22nd, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage School District Grows While Students Dwindle

If a school district has an increase in the number of students, the school staff grows. But what happens if the number of students declines? Does the staffing decline as well? One look at the ASD shows that it continues to grow regardless of the student population.

April 20th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Medicaid Expansion Hurts Medicare Seniors and Tricare Families

Who will lose from Medicaid expansion in Alaska? Seniors and veterans’ families, that’s who.

April 14th, 2015 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid | Read More

ASD Can Handle $30 Million Cuts Without Affecting Classrooms

Anchorage School District can absorb $30 million with no adverse impact to the classroom. Here is the worksheet that shows how it can be done.

April 13th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Capital Budget-Compare FY15 to FY16

Here is a chance to compare this year’s capital budget (FY16/SB 26)to last year’s (FY15/SB119). This year’s is lean and mean out of necessity. We will hear the cries from special interests but Alaska is in tough times and reality is here.

April 8th, 2015 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Still Bottom Feeds in Education Rankings Compared to Other States

What is Alaska getting for its money in public education? We hear from special interests that we can’t possibly cut education. The big question is “how do we sustain the current spending for public education and how do we improve public education?”.

April 7th, 2015 | Education, Fiscal Policy | Read More

Is Alaska Violating its Own Constitution?

During recent testimony to the Senate Education Committee, it was disclosed that public funds were being used to fund private education.  How can that be?  Aren’t we a nation of laws?  Sometimes these actions occur because people just are not informed of the law or constitution.  Other times these actions occur because the laws and […]

March 12th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Film Tax Credits–Folly or Not?

Now that Alaska is in a budget crunch due to the drastic fall in oil prices, the state needs to take another look at its so-called Film Tax Credit program to determine if the returns are worth the investment.  Even if the state were not in a fiscal crunch, this program should be reviewed for […]

February 19th, 2015 | Fiscal Policy, Policy, tax changes | Read More

NEA: Poor kids can’t learn

Professor Stephen Haycox authored an article in the ADN, January 23, 2015, in which he blamed rich non-minority parents for abandoning neighborhood schools and leaving lower income, minority students behind in these same failing neighborhood schools.  One thing we do agree with in his article is the title, “Education Combats Poverty, so Why Isn’t it […]

January 23rd, 2015 | Education | Read More

Budget Process Recommendations to Manage Alaska’s Budget

Before the recent collapse of the oil prices and the resulting decrease in Alaska’s revenue stream, we at the Alaska Policy Forum were concerned about the wasteful, profligate spending of our state’s wealth by elected officials.  On January 9th, 2014 we were invited to provide testimony to the House Budget Subcommittee on Finance.  We addressed […]

January 7th, 2015 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Transparency | Read More

More Federal Overreach in Alaska by EPA

Remember when you were a kid and just loved to jump and splash in puddles after a rain or during breakup?  Remember how as a kid you loved to sail stick boats in rain water runoff?  Those were the good old days and if the EPA has its way, your children and grandchildren will not […]

November 19th, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

What is the Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Alaska?

Want to know reasons not to expand Medicaid in Alaska? Here’s a research driven report at end of this article.

October 29th, 2014 | Health Care | Read More

The Most Dangerous Jobs in America and Alaska

What do you think are the most dangerous jobs in Alaska? Police officer? Firefighter? Crab fisherman? Here’s the list from the U.S. Department of Labor.

October 28th, 2014 | Collective Bargaining Agreements | Read More

Anchorage Teachers Free Yourself From Political Dues–Act by September 15th

Anchorage teachers: you can supplement your income by more than $250 this year. But you must act by September 15th.

September 10th, 2014 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Payroll Now Available

Want to see what the public employees in Ketchikan are paid in salaries/wages and benefits? Here is a basic listing for your review. Compare this with Anchorage in an earlier posting.

September 4th, 2014 | Accountability, Recent News, Transparency | Read More