Archive for the ‘Issues’ Category

Federal Regulators Not Happy with AGDC

On Craig Medred’s website, Larry Persily reports today on many gaps in information that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) needs but that the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) is not providing. FERC writes with “several requests for information that have been made...
February 16th, 2018 | Energy | Read More

Join us for this Anchorage Health Policy Event!

February 8th, 2018 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Teachers and classrooms first

In his opinion piece Feb. 3 in the Anchorage Daily News, House District 22 Rep. Jason Grenn calls for ending the annual “Pink-Slip circus.” Many agree with him that this is bad local political theater, and that indeed pink-slipping of teachers must end. However, bills offered by Rep. Grenn and Kodiak...
February 7th, 2018 | Recent News | Read More

Right-Sizing Alaska’s State Government Workforce

A few weeks ago the Alaska Policy Forum highlighted an analysis from Key Policy Data, a national data visualization firm. The analysis found that in 2016 Alaska had the second-least productive state and local public sector workforce in the U.S. Since then, Key Policy Data (KPD) has released a new analysis...
February 6th, 2018 | Accountability, Labor, Recent News | Read More

Why did a a national “teacher quality” think tank give Alaska a D minus?

There are many factors in student success, and an opinion piece in the Juneau Empire recently highlighted an extremely important, yet sensitive one:  teacher accountability. In his piece, author Win Gruening points out that, “Most teachers are competent, dedicated public servants. But not all.”...
January 30th, 2018 | Accountability, Education, Recent News | Read More

Will Alaska be Swallowed by Health Care Costs?

Some good questions were asked this week by state legislators about Alaska’s ballooning health care budget. On Wednesday, January 19 in the Senate Finance Committee meeting, Governor Walker’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget Pat Pitney presented the FY2019 Budget Overview. The budget...
January 19th, 2018 | Fiscal Policy, Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Alaska’s Budget Deficit: Have we really cut enough?

In a large statewide poll conducted by Hellenthal and Associates in the spring of 2017, Alaskan voters agreed with the following statement by a two-to-one margin: “The state budget needs to be drastically reduced.”  A December 2017 analysis from Key Policy Data (KPD) would seem to confirm that the...
January 7th, 2018 | Fiscal Policy, Policy, tax changes, Taxes | Read More

Alaska Keeps Missing Important Deadlines . . . Stalling?

In 2016 in an attempt to bring down costs and improve care, the Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 74, which contained a multitude of Medicaid reform measures such as fraud-waste-and-abuse reduction, managed care and telemedicine. Medicaid costs are a huge and ever-growing chunk of the Alaska budget.                     The...
December 26th, 2017 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid | Read More

Newly released: Anchorage School District Payroll

In the interest of providing as much transparency as possible, the Alaska Policy Forum is posting the fiscal year 2016-2017 payroll for the Anchorage School District. This allows the citizens of Anchorage and Alaska the opportunity to view the compensation in salaries and benefits that your District...
December 21st, 2017 | Education, Recent News, Transparency | Read More

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, Taxes | 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
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