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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...
December 7th, 2017 | Recent News | 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 &...
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...
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....
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...
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...
November 11th, 2017 | Energy, Recent News, Resource Development | Read More

Survey Says–Military Families Favor Education Savings Accounts

“We got orders and we’re moving this summer.” These can be some of the most challenging words a military member can utter to a family. Reactions can range from, “Not again, we just got here!” to “Great news, I hate this place.” Of course, these reactions depend on whether they come...
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...
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,...
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...
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)...
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
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