Archive for the ‘Issues’ Category

Would You Spend Your PFD on Governor Walker’s Gas Line?

Governor Walker continues to  be obsessed with his gas line, as he has been for more than 30 years. Last year he took half of every Alaskans’ Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) to stuff into the state’s piggy bank, the Earnings Reserve Account (ERA).  He took from Alaskans’ piggy banks...
May 18th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Connect the Dots to Government Unions and Income Tax Supporters

At the Alaska Policy Forum we have always believed that if one follows the money, one will soon understand why certain legislators vote for bills even though many of their constituents stand to gain nothing.  For example, our recently published article on “Follow the Money to Find Who Funds Your...
May 3rd, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

State of Alaska Payroll for Fiscal Year 2015 Just Released

Here at the Alaska Policy Forum we believe that transparency is always the best public policy.  As the state’s only free-market think tank, we believe transparency is the key to a more educated, involved, and successful Alaska, especially during these difficult economic times.   We believe that public...
April 23rd, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

One Stop Shopping for Legislative Bills and Legislators’ Report Card

The Alaska Policy Forum has just published the 2017 report card for legislators we call the Freedom Index. An informed citizenry is an essential element to maintaining a free society.  To inform citizens on how our legislators are affecting their daily lives, the Alaska Policy Forum has developed a...
April 23rd, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Fake News Rides Roughshod Over Budget Truth in Alaska

by Bethany Marcum (emphasis and picture added) During this legislative session, fake news has been prevalent in Alaska. We’ve heard that our state budget cannot be balanced without an income tax; we must cap the dividend and restructure the Alaska Permanent Fund to create a long-term budget plan;...
March 25th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Let’s Prioritize Alaska State Spending and Pay for Performance

Our friends at the Washington Policy Center have a great recommendation for our Alaska Legislature–Let’s pay for performance and priorities in Alaska’s budget.  Legislators, let’s prioritize activities that are Mission Critical and measure their performance.  Stop funding...
March 22nd, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Here’s Where to Reduce the Governor’s Budget

Request this testimony be placed on the record on the documents for SB22. Chairman Hoffman, Committee members, I am David Boyle, Executive Director of the Alaska Policy Forum, a nonprofit which takes no funding from federal, state or local governments.  I am speaking for myself and those who are not...
March 17th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Colorado Has a Lesson for Alaska With its Spending Cap

The state of Colorado has had a spending cap in place for many years and it has limited the growth of government extremely well.  Here is an article by Senator Mike Dunleavy of the Alaska Legislature: Colorado–A Lesson For Alaska by Senator Mike Dunleavy (emphasis added) In Alaska there are...
March 14th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

A Budget Plan for Alaskans

Here is an article summarizing Senator Mike Dunleavy’s Budget Plan for Alaska. by Beth Fread Feb 17th, 2017 Senator Michael Dunleavy has responded to his many constituents’ calls for cutting the budget, leaving the Permanent Fund alone and not looking for new revenues until the budget cuts are...
February 17th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

The NEA Helped Create the US Dept of Education

Here is a very interesting article on the genesis of the U.S. Department of Education, begun by President Carter.  Why did President Carter feel obliged to do this? Here is an excerpt from Reason Magazine’s Anthony L. Fisher: “Creating the DoED was Carter’s fulfillment of a 1976 presidential...
February 11th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Betsy DeVos Feared by Teacher Union Leaders; Loved by Low Income & Minority Kids

Here is a great article by Thomas Sowell from RealClearPolitics on Betsy Devos (emphasis added): By Thomas Sowell February 06, 2017 “Some of these charter schools — especially those in the chain of the Success Academy schools and the chain of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) schools...
February 6th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

The Case For Betsy DeVos, Letter to Editor

(This article was published February 1, 2017 in the Hot Springs (AR) Sentinel Record and is reprinted here with permission of the author.) (emphasis added). Dear editor: I’m writing in response to Brock Rigsby’s well-written letter to senators (The Sentinel-Record, Jan. 29, 2017) urging them...
February 2nd, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Liberals try to sink Anchorage Spending Cap Petition and Gouge Citizens

A law suit has just been filed which aims to block the Anchorage Spending Cap Petition Drive.  Who would try to subvert the voice of We The People? Three individuals have filed a lawsuit to block the citizens’ petition drive that would bring back the Anchorage Municipal Spending Cap  and put it in...
January 17th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, Believes All Children Need Opportunity to Succeed

What does Betsy DeVos so strongly support in K12 education?  Answer: The maximum education opportunity for every child so they can succeed in life. Now, who can be against that?  Answer: The teachers unions who want to maintain the status quo even though it robs students of their futures. The teachers...
January 9th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Governor Walker’s Taking of 1/2 PFD Creates More Poverty

The Institute of Social & Economic Research has just released a new study “How PFDs Reduce Poverty in Alaska” which addresses how reducing PFDs hurt the most vulnerable Alaskans.  A previous ISER study demonstrated how cutting the PFD had the most adverse effect on Alaska’s private...
December 22nd, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Governor Walker and Reality

Our friend Craig Medred has written a great column regarding the state of Alaska’s economy. Here is an excerpt from the article: “The Alaska Department of Labor on Friday released the job numbers for the first half of 2016 showing a 1.2 percent decline in jobs in January accelerating into...
December 6th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More
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