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.

NAACP Pushes Back Against Public Charter Schools

September 21, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Delegates to the NAACP recently voted in favor of a resolution calling for a national moratorium on public charter schools.  Why would the NAACP take away one of the few choices, public charter schools, that low income African-American children have to succeed?  It just makes no sense that this organization would not want low income […]

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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

Anchorage Teachers Free Yourself From Political Dues– A Mini-PFD

Wouldn’t it be great to put about $280 in your pocket this time of year? Members of the Anchorage Education Association...
Sep 16, 2016 13:20

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

NAACP Pushes Back Against Public Charter Schools

Delegates to the NAACP recently voted in favor of a resolution calling for a national moratorium on public charter schools.  Why would the NAACP take away one of the few choices, public charter schools, that low income African-American children have to succeed?  It just makes no sense that this organization would not want low income […]

September 21st, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

State sees bonds as investment capital to close unfunded pension gap

Selling up to $5 billion in bonds could either place Alaska further in the red or, as State officials hope, successfully decrease the multi-billion dollar pension unfunded liability. (This is a repost of an article we posted in June 2010)

September 20th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Audio: The Failed Experiment of Pension Bonding

In 2008, the Alaska Legislature passed House Bill 13, which authorized the selling of bonds (debt) for investment to fill the $10 billion pension gap in PERS/TRS.

September 20th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Anchorage Teachers Free Yourself From Political Dues– A Mini-PFD

Anchorage teachers: Here’s a great way to save about $280. You can offset the loss of your PFD by the governor to buy groceries, gas, clothes, anything you want with YOUR money.

September 16th, 2016 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Education–One Size Does Not Fit All

Wouldn’t it be great if public education could serve every student as a unique person with different learning styles? Well, one size does not fit all in K12 education. Parents should be able to tailor education to fit their child’s unique learning styles and needs. They can with school choice. Here’s an article on how one set of parents chose the best fit for their child. Shouldn’t all parents have the same choices?

September 12th, 2016 | Education | Read More

Would You Sacrifice 5 Years of Your Life for Your Child?

The Institute for Justice shows how government regulation can have unintended deadly consequences. Do you believe the US Department of Health & Human Services should block a person from receiving payment for donating bone marrow?

September 6th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Pros & Cons on State of Alaska Leading on AKLNG Project

The decision making process on the AKLNG project is vital to the future of Alaska and its citizens. Because of this, we have placed the PowerPoint presentation by the legislature’s consultant, Nikos Tsafos of Enalytica, on our webpage. His presentation focuses on various levels of the State’s ownership and project management. This was presented to the Joint Senate/House Resources Committee on August 24-25. Here is a link to all the presentations: http://bit.ly/2cfleZs

August 31st, 2016 | Economics, Energy, Recent News, Resource Development | Read More

Governor Walker’s Law Department Gives a Pass to Alaska Lead on Gas line

Do you think the State Of Alaska should take the lead on the gas line? Do you believe the State should own the gas line and other assets? This letter from the AK Dept of Law basically states that the AK Gasline Development Corporation (state) can do what it wants because the legislature gave it the authority in SB138. Here is the letter from AK Dept of Law. By the way, send your PFD to AGDC.

August 23rd, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Our Recommendations to Legislature on Improving Budget Process in January 2014

It was January 2014 when the APF briefed the legislature on future budget problems. We don’t have a revenue problem. We have a CULTURAL problem in how the State government and legislature budget our limited resources. Fix the culture, and that will fix the root cause of the problem. Zero based budgeting or priority budgeting need to be implemented.

August 9th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Candidate Walker’s Positions on Alaska’s Budget in October 2014

When a person runs for elected office we should expect truth regarding that person’s guiding principles. In October 2014 then-candidate Bill Walker stated his principles on free markets, PFDs and right sizing the Alaska State government. We ask Governor Walker: “Where are those principles now?”. Or were they ever there?

July 7th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

That Blanking, Bloated, Big Alaska Budget!

The state should manage its own budget before it manages Alaskan familie’s budgets. Reducing Alaskans’ budgets reduces the size of the general population. Reducing the state’s budget reduces the size of government. Legislators and governor it’s your choice. Which will it be?

June 17th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Ranks #1 in Fiscal Health; Or Does it?

Is Alaska #1 or maybe #50 in fiscal health? It all depends on what one looks at to determine the fiscal health. Accounting for long term liabilities such as pensions and retired government employee health care, Alaska ranks closer to #50 in fiscal health.

June 9th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

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

We all should be concerned with value whether provided by the private sector or the public sector. When we pay property taxes and other taxes to fund local government services we should also know what those taxes are paying for and if we are getting value.

June 2nd, 2016 | Accountability, Fiscal Policy | Read More

Budget Monkey Business in Alaska

Some things that happen in Juneau are just simply amazing. How about “smoke and mirrors”, “monkey business” and the ever-tempting “bait and switch”?

June 2nd, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Spends More on K12 and Gets Less Return on Investment

Here are the facts in an easily read chart to compare Alaska to the other 49 States and the District of Columbia.

May 20th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

What Should School Boards Focus on?

Do Alaska school boards contractually require school superintendents to improve learning? And what is the recourse when that does not happen?

May 5th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More
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