Articles By: Online Editor

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

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

Our Recommendations to Legislature on Improving Budget Process in January 2014

The Alaska Policy Forum was invited to present its recommendations on improving the capital and operating budgeting processes to the Budget Subcommittee of House Finance in January 2014.  Scott Goldsmith of ISER and Brad Keithley also presented their recommendations to this committee.  All of us were...
August 9th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

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

The following is a letter from then-candidate Bill Walker to United For Liberty dated October 2014 (emphasis added): I chose to run as an unaffiliated independent candidate because I believe that politics have become too partisan for the wrong reasons and we have been mired in political party bickering...
July 7th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

That Blanking, Bloated, Big Alaska Budget!

By now most of us are totally confused when it comes to the Alaska state budget discussions going on in the legislature.  Undesignated General Funds, Designated General Funds, Operating Budget, Statewide Costs, ad infinitum.  And maybe that is the objective: confusion.  And the governor, the legislators,...
June 17th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

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

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University released its annual version of “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition” last week.  Guess what?  It showed Alaska as ranking #1 in fiscal health beating all the other states.  Well, we do know that Alaska is #1 in many things including, natural...
June 9th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

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.  Over the past 4 years we have provided as much information that we could obtain from local/state governments and school districts.  We believe it is important for taxpayers...
June 2nd, 2016 | Accountability, Fiscal Policy | Read More

Budget Monkey Business in Alaska

There are some strange happenings going on in Juneau usually but this one takes the cake.  Governor Walker introduced a personal income tax bill, HB250, at the beginning of the 2016 session to help fill the huge budget hole which our government has dug for itself (and us).  When fully implemented in...
June 2nd, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Spends More on K12 and Gets Less Return on Investment

By now, we have all heard the outcries from the K12 public education establishment, including district superintendents, the teachers unions, and the fundraising arm of the NEA, Great Alaska Schools.  Rather than pay attention to emotional  screaming by wealthy people with bullhorns, let’s take...
May 20th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

What Should School Boards Focus on?

The immediate reaction to the question regarding what should school boards focus on is probably students and their achievement.  But how much time do Alaska school boards spend on assessing and improving student achievement?  If one reviews the agenda of the Anchorage School Board, one will note that...
May 5th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Legislators: Here are Some Places to Reduce the State’s Budget

Time is getting short in Juneau and surely tempers are getting just as short as the legislative session winds down (or up).  We thought we would provide some food for thought (suggestions) to our legislators on where they could save the State some money and save us from taxes and PFD cuts. Here is...
April 19th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Public Monies Fund These Private Educational Institutions

Here is a listing of those “educational” institutions that high school graduates attend using their Alaska Performance Scholarship funds.  Now these educational/training organizations may be providing some great instruction to post-high school students.  But these are state funds and are...
April 14th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Let’s Use Your PFD to Fund Alaska Students’ College Education

There is a bill in the legislature, SB208, that would discontinue the Alaska Performance Scholarship program effective as of next year’s high school graduating class.  The program would still be available for those already benefiting from the program and this year’s high school graduates. ...
April 12th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

What will the US Dept of Education do with Alaska’s AMP Test Failure?

Here is a post from Politico which may shed some light on Alaska’s quandary on its troubled Alaska Measurement of Progress (AMP) test: “IS ALASKA MAKING ‘EVERY EFFORT’ TO ADMINISTER TESTS? After major technical glitches [], resulted in Alaska canceling...
April 12th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage School District Fails to Educate Mentally Challenged Students

There was a very interesting debate on SB103, “Residential Psychiatric Education Funding”,  which provides for the funding of mentally challenged children in residential treatment facilities.  It seems as if in the past that the Anchorage School District has not provided adequate educational...
April 8th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Nonprofit releases report on city employee salaries, KTUU

You decide. Publishing of Muni of Anchorage payroll, is it inflammatory or informational? Watch this KTUU-TV interview and let us know what you think.               ( KTUU – TV ) Copy and past this in your web browser:
April 7th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Just Released-Fairbanks North Star Borough Payroll

We have just received a copy of the Fairbanks North Star Borough payroll for 2015.  As you can see, there are no employee names which is unfortunate and the listing is by position description. Of special interest are the column headings “Health” and “PERS”.  The health column...
April 5th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More