Archive for the ‘Issues’ Category

Should Public School Funds be Used for Education?

by David Nees Sometimes the simplest question has the most revealing answer. The State School Board met in Sitka from Sept 16-19. It had the usual tour of Mt. Edgecumbe School, the only one it operates as a Board.  Then it got down to the usual regulatory business. The Board had a number of big interest...
September 27th, 2015 | Education, Policy | Read More

Permanent Fund Dividend of $2072! Careful How You Spend it, the Government is Watching

Governor Walker just announced that this year’s PFD will be $2,072.  It’s another Christmas in October which really stimulates the economy.  But don’t spend it all right away because you may want some to help pay for Medicaid expansion.  You may also want to stash some away for the...
September 21st, 2015 | Economics | Read More

Breaking News-Arctic Getting Warmer, November 1922!

Check this out.  A news article from 1922 about global warming in Alaska.  Click on the picture to enlarge it to be readable.              
August 31st, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

The Legal Issues on Expanding Medicaid in Alaska

In a Forbes article dated August 4, 2015, Josh Archambault and Jonathan Ingram discuss the legal box that Governor Walker is in regarding his efforts to expand Medicaid without going through the legislative process.  The governor is required to get the legislature’s OK before Alaska takes any...
August 4th, 2015 | Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Alaska’s Current Medicaid Program Fraught With Waste and May Take Your PFD to Fix it

It’s just money so why should we worry?  In case you haven’t seen it, the sworn affidavit of Margaret Brodie, program director of Medicaid in Alaska’s DHSS, has astounding facts regarding the broken current Medicaid system.  For those who believe this is a partisan problem, most of...
July 30th, 2015 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid | Read More

Alaska Seniors Squeezed to the Back of the Bus by Medicaid

The University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) completed a study titled “Improving Health Care Access for Older Alaskans” in June 2010.  This study was authored by Mark A. Foster and Rosyland Frazier.  The report addresses the current status of access...
July 10th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Did You Do This on July 4th?

In Alaska, we prize our summers and especially our weekends due to the long dark winters.  Many of us recreate in Alaska’s vast wilderness.  Others work in their gardens, play with their kids, and just get outdoors to enjoy the weather.  Did anyone discuss the merits of Obamacare during the...
July 7th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Republican Legislative Leaders Explain Use of Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve Account

  May 28, 2015 Dear Alaskan: As you are aware, Alaska is facing tough financial times. The price of oil has dropped nearly fifty percent from this time last year – posing a dramatic decrease in revenue and creating the largest deficit we have seen in our young state’s history. Some may call...
May 29th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Memorial Day-We Shall Never Forget

“Out of Mind” by Paul Beston, City Journal The separation between civilians and the military makes Memorial Day somber in unintended ways. May 22, 2015           Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images Earlier this month, six Marines died in a helicopter crash in Nepal,...
May 24th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Medicaid Expansion: Follow the Money

When it comes to public policy, many times it is necessary to follow the money and see who benefits financially.  So, let’s look at some organizations that support Medicaid expansion in Alaska and note the current connection to funding from the State.  Many of these organizations do great work...
May 20th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Answer These Questions Before Alaska Expands Medicaid

Here is a list of questions from House Finance Committee to the Department of Health & Social Services that need to be answered before Alaska even thinks about expanding Medicaid: ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE Date: May 8, 2015 To: Department of Health and Social Services From:...
May 11th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Apologies & Bullies

The Alaska AFL-CIO leader, Vince Beltrami, has posted a video on YouTube which depicts David Boyle as a bully to those who support Medicaid expansion in Alaska.  Unfortunately, Mr. Beltrami uses his platform to attempt to bully Mr. Boyle into apologizing to attendees at a recent Medicaid expansion public...
April 24th, 2015 | Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Is Alaska Getting Bang for the Buck with its Education Funding?

(This is a reprint of an op-ed that first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, April 17, 2015) 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...
April 22nd, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage School District Grows While Students Dwindle

Have you heard how the ASD will dry up and blow away if the legislature does not restore the funding cuts to education?  We posted an earlier article that showed that the ASD could weather this storm of cuts with very minimal impact to the classroom.  Now let’s take a look at how the ASD staff...
April 20th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Medicaid Expansion Hurts Medicare Seniors and Tricare Families

An open Letter to Governor Walker and Alaska State Legislators Of all the issues surrounding Medicaid expansion, fairness to Alaska’s senior and veteran populations should be the highest priority. The expansion of Medicaid will have a very serious adverse impact on Medicare seniors, and veterans...
April 14th, 2015 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid | Read More

ASD Can Handle $30 Million Cuts Without Affecting Classrooms

We have heard from those who benefit financially from public education funding that the $43 million decrease in funding by the Legislature would seriously affect education.  On April 6th, the ASD School Board had a work meeting to discuss these recent reductions of 4.1% from the Foundation Formula. ...
April 13th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More