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

Chronic School Absenteeism: More to the Story

On Sep 18, Charles Wohlforth posted an opinion piece in the ADN with a headline that read:  “A fourth of Alaska students are chronically absent. No wonder test scores are so bad.”   In his piece he says, “If parents are satisfied with ignorance, so will their children be.”...
October 6th, 2017 | Education | Read More

One Stop Shopping for Legislative Bills and Legislators’ Report Card

One Stop Shopping for Legislative Bills and Legislators’ Report Card
The Alaska Policy Forum has just published the 2017 report card for legislators we call the Freedom Index. An informed citizenry is an essential element to maintaining a free society.  To inform citizens on how our legislators are affecting their daily lives, the Alaska Policy Forum has developed a...
September 18th, 2017 | Accountability, Featured, Recent News | Read More

Governor Walker Obsessed with His Gas Line Moves the Line in the Sand Deadline

Here is a great article by our friend Craig Medred.  He hits the proverbial “nail on the head” and holds Governor Walker accountable for his actions and promises. by Craig Medred “The first day of September came and went with nary a peep out of the office of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker...
September 4th, 2017 | Energy, Recent News | Read More

Anchorage Teachers, Give Yourself a Raise– A Mini-PFD

Wouldn’t it be great to put about $325 in your pocket this time of year? Members of the Anchorage Education Association can do just that if they act quickly.  This is not just teachers, it includes nurses, librarians, psychologists and all others who are required to belong to the AEA in order...
August 30th, 2017 | Education, Labor, Recent News | Read More

Mayor Berkowitz “Balancing” Salaries on Backs of Taxpayers

by Art Chance Cop(y)Crat Pay The local “mainstream media” , aka Alaska Dispatch, recently had an article on how Anchorage Mayor Berkowitz wanted to give the deputy police chief and police chief a pay raise because of the difficulty in recruiting for these valuable positions.  Why are there...
August 15th, 2017 | Labor, Recent News | Read More

Alaska gets its Rightful Place on the U.S. Map

Here is a great article about the importance of Alaska to the rest of the Nation.  It is from our friend, Dave Harbour. By Dave Harbour The 49th state’s 3 million lakes favorably compare to Minnesota’s 10 thousand.  Its size is over twice that of Texas.   Its population, at less than 800 thousand,...
August 2nd, 2017 | Recent News, Resource Development | Read More

AK Capital Budget & Non-Mission Critical Items

The Alaska Policy Forum has been a very active partner with many others in holding the State Of Alaska accountable for wasteful spending.  This partnership, Mission Critical Alaska, has evaluated every department in the state government and identified the mission critical spending and non-mission critical...
July 27th, 2017 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Open Letter to Senator Murkowski on Obamacare Repeal & Replace

Honorable Lisa Murkowski                                                                    24 July, 2017 United States Senate Dear Senator Murkowski, I want to thank you for serving the people of Alaska.  However, I am very concerned...
July 26th, 2017 | Health Care, National Health Care Reform Legislation, Recent News | Read More

Tax Thee, Not Me

During the current legislative session, Representative Seaton (R, Homer) introduced an income tax bill (HB115) that passed the House but got little traction in the Senate.  Apparently, Representative Seaton believes that the state bureaucracy cannot be slimmed down and that Alaska is not spending enough...
June 26th, 2017 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

The Impact of new FCC Internet Regulations on Alaska & Opportunities

Paul Jenkins at the Anchorage Daily Planet has an article on the impact of internet privacy rules/regulations newly passed by the FCC and their impact on Alaska moving forward in both business opportunities and education challenges.  Here is an excerpt: “Those of us who live in Alaska understand...
June 13th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska K12 Education Funding has Nearly Increased Twice the Rate of Inflation

We all want the best education possible for our kids and our neighbors’ kids.  And we are all hearing the usual noise: “kids not cuts”, “stop cutting education”, and “we will have to fire teachers”.  But what has Alaska really spent on K12 education and how...
June 12th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Want a Seat at the Budget Table, Then Look for the Government Union Label

The Alaska House Majority, also known as the Muskox (MuskRat) Caucus is insisting on an income tax before it agrees to any budget with the Senate Majority (Republican).  The Fake Crisis for more revenue from several taxes comes from the governor and the Muskox caucus led by House Democrats (HB115). ...
June 10th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Would You Spend Your PFD on Governor Walker’s Gas Line?

Governor Walker continues to  be obsessed with his gas line, as he has been for more than 30 years. Last year he took half of every Alaskans’ Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) to stuff into the state’s piggy bank, the Earnings Reserve Account (ERA).  He took from Alaskans’ piggy banks...
May 18th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Connect the Dots to Government Unions and Income Tax Supporters

At the Alaska Policy Forum we have always believed that if one follows the money, one will soon understand why certain legislators vote for bills even though many of their constituents stand to gain nothing.  For example, our recently published article on “Follow the Money to Find Who Funds Your...
May 3rd, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Follow the Money to Find Who Funds Your Legislator

We believe it is in the best interests of all Alaskans to know who is funding their elected officials, especially in the State Legislature.  One would expect rational discussions to happen when legislation is being debated during committee hearings and in legislators’ offices.  It is difficult,...
April 24th, 2017 | Transparency | Read More
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