Archive for the ‘Fiscal Policy’ Category

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

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

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

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

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...
November 14th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, 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...
October 11th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, 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. But Steve Malanga from the Manhattan Institute says pension bonding is an idea that has been attempted in other states with some terrible...
September 20th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

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

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

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

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

Anchorage Payroll Just Released; 453 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...
March 31st, 2016 | Accountability, Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Education Funding: Spend More, Get Less

Here’s another great chart showing Alaska as a statistical outlier in K-12 spending, in constant dollars.  No other state comes close to Alaska in K-12 spending increases during this period.  Even with this spending growth our improvement in reading scores was half as fast as California and Arizona,...
March 9th, 2016 | Education, Fiscal Policy | Read More

Governor Walker’s DHSS Budget Saves Only $1 Million, not $47 Million as Stated

Although there appear to be many savings in the FY17 budget, much of these savings are through shifting the payment for Medicaid services from the state government to the federal government. These transfers are implemented through “Medicaid reform” initiatives, such as 100% federal payment for travel...
March 4th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Will Alaska’s Legislators Defend the Juneau “Alamo” on the Budget?

An Open Letter to All State Legislators and Governor Walker by: Daniel Hamm, President – Alaska Republican Assembly State Budget Alamo Although Alaska is experiencing another painful trough in the oil price cycle, it is only temporary in nature and should not be used to permanently sandblast the...
February 19th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy | Read More
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