One Stop Shopping for Legislative Bills and Legislators’ Report Card

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.

The (im)moral vision of the NEA

The (im)moral vision of the NEA

What kind of vision animates those who oppose school choice?

What Would Dr. King Say?

What Would Dr. King Say?

About the word “sectarian” in the Alaska Constitution…

Now Available: Ben Chavis DVD

Now Available: Ben Chavis DVD

Get your copy of Dr. Ben Chavis’ talk in Anchorage.

Will Alaska be Swallowed by Health Care Costs?

January 19, 2018 at 8:57 AM

Some good questions were asked this week by state legislators about Alaska’s ballooning health care budget. On Wednesday, January 19 in the Senate Finance Committee meeting, Governor Walker’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget Pat Pitney presented the FY2019 Budget Overview. The budget proposes to fund Alaska’s Medicaid program at $705 million. But […]

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Health Care

Will Alaska be Swallowed by Health Care Costs?

Some good questions were asked this week by state legislators about Alaska’s ballooning health care budget. On Wednesday,...
Jan 19, 2018 8:57

Energy

Free Enterprise versus Government Enterprise

Alaska Governor Walker announced what he thought was big news this week regarding a natural gas pipeline. We’ve looked...
Nov 11, 2017 6:07

Education

Newly released: Anchorage School District Payroll

In the interest of providing as much transparency as possible, the Alaska Policy Forum is posting the fiscal year 2016-2017...
Dec 21, 2017 6:15

Accountability

It’s Time For Educational Accountability in Alaska

The recently-released PEAKs student test scores should be eye-opening for parents, students and every Alaskan who values...
Oct 25, 2017 13:19

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Will Alaska be Swallowed by Health Care Costs?

Some good questions were asked this week by state legislators about Alaska’s ballooning health care budget. On Wednesday, January 19 in the Senate Finance Committee meeting, Governor Walker’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget Pat Pitney presented the FY2019 Budget Overview. The budget proposes to fund Alaska’s Medicaid program at $705 million. But […]

January 19th, 2018 | Fiscal Policy, Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Alaska’s Budget Deficit: Have we really cut enough?

In a large statewide poll conducted by Hellenthal and Associates in the spring of 2017, Alaskan voters agreed with the following statement by a two-to-one margin: “The state budget needs to be drastically reduced.”  A December 2017 analysis from Key Policy Data (KPD) would seem to confirm that the beliefs of those voters are correct. […]

January 7th, 2018 | Fiscal Policy, Policy, tax changes, Taxes | Read More

Alaska Keeps Missing Important Deadlines . . . Stalling?

In 2016 in an attempt to bring down costs and improve care, the Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 74, which contained a multitude of Medicaid reform measures such as fraud-waste-and-abuse reduction, managed care and telemedicine. Medicaid costs are a huge and ever-growing chunk of the Alaska budget.                 […]

December 26th, 2017 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid | Read More

Newly released: Anchorage School District Payroll

The Anchorage teachers union wants a 3% pay raise for its members. Fact: the median salary and benefits for a full time ASD employee is $ 90,506. Benefits account for 32% of this total.

December 21st, 2017 | Education, Recent News, Transparency | Read More

Bag the Bag Restrictions

The Mat-Su Borough Assembly has had discussions in recent months about instituting a tax on plastic “single use” shopping bags.  The tax would be applied to large retailers borough-wide. Proponents of the tax have cited environmental concerns. But there is plenty of evidence that plastic bags are actually the greenest option. While the proposed tax […]

December 7th, 2017 | Recent News, Taxes | Read More

Property Taxes on What’s Not There

Can you imagine having your property burned to rubble but still being expected to pay full property taxes? That’s the reality for one Alaska couple, Ron & Jane Hunt in Fairbanks. It seems that government always tries to find a way to stick it to taxpayers. We commend Assemblymen Roberts & Sattley for their efforts […]

December 4th, 2017 | Recent News, Taxes | Read More

Another New Tax Proposed for Alaskans

The administration of Alaska Governor Walker is scrounging for every dollar it can get from the populace. His latest move is to duplicate registration that is already achieved by the federal government by taxing private airplanes in Alaska again.  Our federal taxpayer dollars already fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to collect that fee but […]

December 3rd, 2017 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Taxes | Read More

Educational Choice Programs Matter to Military Too

Our Senior Policy Fellow David Boyle had an article recently posted on the national EdChoice website. We agree that we should say, “thank you for your service” by giving military families access to the educational choice options that they want and that will help their children reach for the stars. All children matter! Take a […]

November 22nd, 2017 | Education, Recent News | Read More

More Taxes Will Discourage Investment

We are happy to see the distinguished think tank R Street Institute recently weigh in on Alaska.  We agree with their conclusion that, “more taxes will only discourage the investment and growth Alaska needs so badly. The state, with an annual payroll of $1.4 billion, can also do more to tighten its belt and reduce spending.” […]

November 15th, 2017 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Resource Development, Taxes | Read More

Free Enterprise versus Government Enterprise

Alaska Governor Walker announced what he thought was big news this week regarding a natural gas pipeline. We’ve looked beyond the hype with renown Alaskan energy expert Dave Harbour and Alaska conservative blogger Suzanne Downing. Harbour notes that the “nationalized” North Slope natural gas project is not feasible and that consumer interests are best protected […]

November 11th, 2017 | Energy, Recent News, Resource Development | Read More

Survey Says–Military Families Favor Education Savings Accounts

Military families have greater challenges than most when it comes to finding the best K12 education for their kids. And active duty families favor school choice overwhelmingly–75%.

November 9th, 2017 | Education, Recent News | Read More

New taxes for Anchorage

KTUU reports that the Anchorage Assembly has passed a new gasoline tax. Our assembly members have apparently expressed intent to lower property taxes commensurate with the amount of the new gasoline tax.  How long will that last? When was the last time taxes were lowered and stayed at the lower level?   The Alaska Trucking Association […]

November 8th, 2017 | Recent News, Taxes | Read More

Free Market Health Care?

We have written before about Direct Primary Care but a new video does a good job of explaining it and showing how this free-market movement is shaking up health care: Check out the video: http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/10/16/doctors-direct-primary-care

October 27th, 2017 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

It’s Time For Educational Accountability in Alaska

The recently-released PEAKs student test scores should be eye-opening for parents, students and every Alaskan who values public K-12 education. Unfortunately, these recent test scores are not just an anomaly; they are further evidence that Alaska’s K-12 education system needs some drastic reforms, and quickly. Otherwise, this state will continue to lose ground in its […]

October 25th, 2017 | Accountability, Education, Recent News | Read More

Leading Tax Experts to Alaska Legislature: Whatever You Tax, You Get Less Of

The Tax Foundation, the nation’s leading independent tax policy nonprofit organization has published their take on the governor’s tax proposal. Highlights: “When Alaska’s legislature convenes in the year’s fourth special session on Monday, the Last Frontier State will test the frontiers of tax policy by considering a new twist on a very old tax. America’s […]

October 24th, 2017 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Taxes | Read More

Online maps of 2017 Alaska public school test results now available

The Alaska Policy Forum has released online maps visually depicting school test results from the recently released Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools, or PEAKS. The PEAKS assessment is a general overview of public student performance at grade-level standard for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Two maps are available, one for Anchorage schools and a […]

October 18th, 2017 | Education, Transparency | Read More
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