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.

Governor Walker and Reality

December 6, 2016 at 2:21 AM

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 […]

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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

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

There has been a lot of misinformation on Betsy DeVos, philanthropist and staunch supporter of educational opportunities...
Dec 1, 2016 4:25

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

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

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 […]

November 14th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Voter Registration and Broken Promises

Will ballot measure #1 really deliver on its promises? Or is this merely phase 1 of a strategy to eventually to get to voting by mail ONLY?

November 4th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage Mayor Berkowitz Aims to Eliminate Important Taxpayer Protection

Anchorage, pay attention. The Mayor and Assembly are about to increase your property taxes and spend more and more of your money. It’s just so easy to spend Other People’s Money!

October 19th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Be a Responsible Citizen, be an Informed Voter

Every voter should be informed about candidates before they vote. Here are two report cards from a pro-development group and an anti-development group that should help you be informed.

October 17th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

The Transfer of Wealth by Government Employee Unions–ML&P

The government is transferring wealth from the citizens to the government workers and it is costing all Alaskans. Outrageous government union wages/benefits will hurt Alaskans in their daily lives by taking more of their disposable income. The highest paid Muni of Anchorage government union worker costs more than $304,000. Here is the entire list of ML&P payroll.

October 12th, 2016 | Recent News, Transparency | Read More

Disgusted with Trump vs. Clinton? Blame America’s Civic Education

What has this Nation come to when the two major presidential candidates attack each other on a personal level? Can’t they discuss national security, ISIS, education, jobs/economy, etc? Maybe they are just appealing to the large masses of the public who don’t pay any attention to what is going on in our world. That’s it!

October 11th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Pension Obligation Bond Commission Increases State Debt by $3.15 Billion

In case you missed it, Governor Walker’s men just voted to sell bonds to finance the PERS/TRS liability payments.  We missed it too!  We tried to listen in to the meeting held Sept 26 at 2:00pm but were unable to find a teleconference number to call.  Here is the posting of the public record notice: […]

October 11th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

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
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