Archive for the ‘Fiscal Policy’ Category

This Pork Smells Fishy

Hurricane Sandy left parts of New Jersey and New York in devastation. But who would have thought that it had affected so many parts of America? This had to be the perfect storm stretching from  Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to the great state of Alaska. At least that is what our Big Government in Washington,...
December 19th, 2012 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Told ‘Ya So: New DNA Testing Technology Makes Some Alaska Crime Lab Requirements Obsolete

In 2010, the Alaska Policy Forum published a report entitled “A Critical Review of the Crime Laboratory Replacement Project.” You can download the report and summary here. This report included information on how emerging DNA technology would enable the rapid testing of DNA samples in police...
September 7th, 2012 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Guest Opinion: A Careful Look at Ballot Measure 1

By Dave Donley Ballot Measure One could put the state on the path to losing over $110 million dollars in annual revenue.  The real but hidden issue at dispute in Ballot Measure One is how the North Slope Borough, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the City of Valdez tax the billions of dollars of...
August 27th, 2012 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Parnell’s rejection of a state exchange

It’s always important to give praise where praise is due, and Governor Parnell deserves praise for making a right call on Exchanges. If you haven’t been following this issue, here’s the quick version: The proponents of Obamacare needed a way to force businesses to offer health insurance coverage...
August 1st, 2012 | Fiscal Policy, Health Care | Read More

Should Alaska Measure Results of Tax Incentives When it Gives Them?

Many states give tax incentives to industries and companies to entice them to move to their state and hire locally and invest in their state. For example, there was much talk about film industry tax credits during the last legislative session. Many of these discussions centered around what do they bring...
April 20th, 2012 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Alaska Preschool Spending: Does It Work?

The Alaska Legislature is considering whether to spend the funds to set up preschool. We interviewed Lisa Snell from the Reason Foundation to find out what studies show about the results of preschool when attempted in other states. Should Alaska Create a New Program for Preschool? (2.8MB)
April 5th, 2012 | Education, Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Knik Arm Bridge–State as Last Sucker?

  By: Jamie Kenworthy There may be no better Alaskan example of a big spending government project misrepresented as a “public-private partnership” than the Knik Arm Bridge, Alaska’s second and only surviving “Bridge to Nowhere”.  This study examines the financial aspects of the Bridge...
March 19th, 2012 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Do AWWU Plumbers Deserve a Pay Raise?

The Anchorage Assembly voted down the three year nearly 15% increase in wages for plumbers (most at AWWU). Was this the right decision? The average AWWU plumber receives about $109,000 annually in pay and benefits; the average Anchorage non-AWWU plumber gets about $68,000 annually(not including benefits,...
August 31st, 2011 | Collective Bargaining Agreements, Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

MOA Grant Funded Payroll Now Available

The Alaska Policy Forum has now made available the payroll data for positions inside MOA that are grant funded. Visit the MOA payroll data homepage and click on the blue block titled “Grant Funded Positions.”
March 23rd, 2011 | Fiscal Policy, Transparency | Read More

Anchorage School District Payroll launched

The Alaska Policy Forum has set up a series of websites for the citizens of Anchorage and MatSu to view the salaries and benefits of civil servants inside local government. The data can be navigated by a clickable flowchart. The goal is to acquaint users with the structure and layout of local government...
March 21st, 2011 | Fiscal Policy, Transparency | Read More

Mat-Su Payroll Portal Launched

Mat-Su Payroll Portal Launched
Anchorage, Alaska – Continuing with its efforts to advance government transparency, the Alaska Policy Forum has launched a new portal which allows citizens in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to view the salaries of its public employees. Like the previously launched website, the data can be navigated...
March 8th, 2011 | Featured, Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Transparency | Read More

Payroll Database for Anchorage Now Online

Payroll Database for Anchorage Now Online
The Alaska Policy Forum has launched a transparency website for the Municipality of Anchorage payroll. The website allows citizens to view payroll and benefit data for nearly all Municipal employees by navigating an organizational chart. The data provided lists the employee, the position title, bargaining...
February 21st, 2011 | Featured, Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Transparency | Read More

Nevada Governor-Elect seeks to link agency budgets to goals

Gov. Brian Sandoval said he favors switching how Nevada government spends money to a “performance-based” budgeting system in which state agencies must meet pre-set goals and requirements. (Read more…)
January 21st, 2011 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

More Please: Prioritization of Spending Programs

The governor called a press conference after the election to outline his transition process, and to call for input from citizens over the next four years, stating, We want the strongest ideas to emerge – ideas that will take our state forward, create opportunities and strengthen the economy. One thing...
November 8th, 2010 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Startling state unfunded liabilities

(NCPA) NCPA’s Unfunded Liabilities report takes a sobering look at state pension plans. Alaska’s unfunded liabilities are 42% of the state’s GDP. Read the report <here>
September 24th, 2010 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

America under tax burden

(Heritage Foundation) With Bush-Era tax cuts set to expire and the new health care law ready to start collecting, The Heritage Foundation takes an in-depth look at the general financial health of the country in the coming years. Read the report <here>
September 23rd, 2010 | Fiscal Policy | Read More