Archive for the ‘Issues’ Category

Alaska Can Save Millions with a False Claims Act & Whistleblower Protection

“Thieves Operate in the Dark,Yet are Visible in Ways Many Can See.”             –Scottish Proverb The federal False Claims Act, a law that operates primarily in the private sector, brought to the Federal Treasury almost $21 billion in fraud recoveries over the past five years. The...
February 10th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

The Facts on Education Funding and the Base Student Allocation

There is plenty of talk about Alaska not funding public education adequately. We have heard from those who support more money for the public schools that the Base Student Allocation (BSA) has been flat funded for four years. For that specific funding item, they are correct. But one must drill down into...
February 2nd, 2016 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Special Education Parents and Children Benefit from Education Savings Accounts

Who knows what’s best for a child? A parent? A bureaucrat? A teacher?  We all know the answer–a parent.  I say let’s hold parents accountable and responsible for their child’s education.  I also say one cannot hold them accountable unless one gives that parent the authority...
January 29th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

How Big is Alaska (State Government)?

By now, most of us have heard the line, “We could cut every state employee and still not put a dent in the budget gap.”.  The implication is that we should not cut any state government and protect every state job at all costs.  How much is Alaska’s payroll?  How about more than $2...
January 27th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska can Save Millions and it’s Easy

Every year millions of dollars are squandered in Alaska through fraud, waste and abuse.   The State of Alaska Department of Law has stated that if national trends hold true for Alaska, then the State’s Medicaid program alone will lose millions of dollars annually.   Alaska needs to enhance and upgrade...
January 25th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Education Opportunity With K-12 Debit Cards

Have you ever wanted to get your child to a different school because the child was not flourishing in the current public school?  Have you tried to get your child into a public charter school or an alternative public school but couldn’t because of the long, long wait lists?  Do not give up!  ...
January 15th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Teachers’ Freedom of Speech & Association on Trial at U.S. Supreme Court

On January 11th the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Friedrichs v. CTA which is a case about teachers having to pay union dues to keep their jobs.  The Alaska Policy Forum signed on to an Amicus Brief to the court.  The basis of this case is the First Amendment right to Free Speech and Association. ...
January 12th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Stand Up for Alaska Property Rights

On January 5th you have a great chance to support an Alaskan who is standing up for you and your Alaska Property Rights.  It’s not often when a single individual stands up to the U.S. government.  Most of us would shy away from that because we were easily intimidated and/or we didn’t have...
January 4th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Should Small Schools in Alaska be Closed?

There has been much discussion recently about education funding for some of the smaller schools in Alaska.  Most of this discussion has focused on whether or not small rural schools are viable and worth the cost.  We believe the discussion should be reframed so that the question is, “Which schools...
December 16th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Should Follow Florida’s Lead in Education

It has been claimed by many that the State of Alaska is not funding public education adequately and some are trying to destroy the system.  These claims are just that–claims.  They are not backed up by data and thus are anecdotal and opinions.  Some of these claims are downright misinformation. So,...
December 16th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Plummets to 48th in Economic Freedom in the States

The 11th edition of the highly respected report Economic Freedom of North America has been released and it shows Alaska dropping in economic freedom.  In the index Alaska ranks 48th among the 50 States.  In the previous year’s edition Alaska ranked 2oth out of the 5o States.  Dropping like a...
December 16th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Six Ways Alaska Can Improve Student Outcomes Without More Funding

by Bob Griffin There  has been a lot of banter and finger pointing over the last few days over the very disappointing state AMP test scores that were recently released by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.  Here are the statewide results for All Grades in English Language Arts...
November 11th, 2015 | Education, 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...
November 4th, 2015 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Direct Primary Care: The Hidden Nugget in the Affordable Care Act

Anyone remember Marcus Welby, MD? Think about your most recent visit to your health care provider. Does visiting your doctor seem more like a factory production line than the type of relationship that Dr. Welby had with his patients? Well, Dr. Welby is making a comeback. And this time he also has an...
October 30th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Education Dollars to Fund Elections! Say it Ain’t so

We think this is so important that we copied it from another blog, 147 Degrees West.  Should Alaska’s education funds go to pay for elections?  Absolutely not.  This blog has been edited for brevity.   At the end of this article there is an email to which you can provide your comments to the...
October 26th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Governor Walker Using Public School Students to Promote Political Agenda

When Governor Walker issued a press release on October 15th that stated “Governor Walker applauds effort to bring budget challenge to the classroom”, we had to ask what was the motivation for this.  Is this a purely educational effort or is it a political ploy to spread the gospel of the...
October 19th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More
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