Archive for the ‘Issues’ Category

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

Who is Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Nominee to Lead Department of Education?

There has been a lot of misinformation on Betsy DeVos, philanthropist and staunch supporter of educational opportunities for all children.  Here is a quote from Wikipedia on her principles: “She and her husband worked for the successful passage of Michigan’s first charter-school bill in...
December 1st, 2016 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Ordinary Alaskan Citizens Challenge Legislators with Specific Budget Cuts

It’s time ordinary Alaskans had a voice in setting the economic priorities of the State Of Alaska.  United For Liberty-Alaska is an all- volunteer group of Alaskans who have no special interest group or paid lobbyists speaking for them.  Legislators have heard from special interests/lobbyists during...
November 14th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Voter Registration and Broken Promises

Ballot measure #1, linking PFD applications to voter registration, seeks to once again change Alaska’s voter registration law which was also done in the November,1968 election.  We thought it would be useful to review the promises of the 1968 ballot proposition and see if those promises were kept. Prior...
November 4th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage Mayor Berkowitz Aims to Eliminate Important Taxpayer Protection

The proposed 2017 Anchorage municipal budget from Mayor Berkowitz exceeds the amount allowed under the Spending Increase Limitation (commonly known as the “Spending Cap”).  This has caused the introduction of a new ordinance (2016 AO-130) to the Anchorage Assembly to repeal the 33 year-old...
October 19th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Be a Responsible Citizen, be an Informed Voter

We all have a civic duty to vote and hold our elected officials accountable.  However, to hold them accountable one must be informed of their past voting records if officeholders.  And if the candidate is running to challenge an incumbent, then a voter must vet that candidate on their positions and...
October 17th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

The Transfer of Wealth by Government Employee Unions–ML&P

Government employee unions are taking more wealth from Anchorage citizens in the form of increased utility rates.  If you read the ADN article, you would be led to believe that the 25% increase is only due to paying off the costs of a newly built electrical generation plant.  Think again.  Nowhere...
October 12th, 2016 | Recent News, Transparency | Read More

Disgusted with Trump vs. Clinton? Blame America’s Civic Education

Our friends (Rebecca Burgess, author) at the American Enterprise Institute have some very interesting observations about the electorate’s knowledge of the structure and functions of our republic. Three-quarters of American adults are unable to name all three branches of American government. About...
October 11th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Pension Obligation Bond Commission Increases State Debt by $3.15 Billion

In case you missed it, Governor Walker’s men just voted to sell bonds to finance the PERS/TRS liability payments.  We missed it too!  We tried to listen in to the meeting held Sept 26 at 2:00pm but were unable to find a teleconference number to call.  Here is the posting of the public record...
October 11th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

NAACP Pushes Back Against Public Charter Schools

Delegates to the NAACP recently voted in favor of a resolution calling for a national moratorium on public charter schools.  Why would the NAACP take away one of the few choices, public charter schools, that low income African-American children have to succeed?  It just makes no sense that this organization...
September 21st, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

State sees bonds as investment capital to close unfunded pension gap

Here is a repost of an article written in June 2010 on the state using bonds to fund state pensions. June 14, 2010 Selling up to $5 billion in bonds could either place Alaska further in the red or, as State officials hope, successfully decrease the multi-billion dollar pension unfunded liability. Deputy...
September 20th, 2016 | 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...
September 20th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Anchorage Teachers Free Yourself From Political Dues– A Mini-PFD

Wouldn’t it be great to put about $280 in your pocket this time of year? Members of the Anchorage Education Association can do just that if they act quickly.  This is not just teachers, it includes nurses, librarians, psychologists and all others who are required to belong to the AEA in order...
September 16th, 2016 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Would You Sacrifice 5 Years of Your Life for Your Child?

  Every year, nearly 3,000 Americans die because they cannot find a matching bone marrow donor. Common sense suggests that offering modest incentives to attract more bone marrow donors would be worth pursuing, but federal law made that a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.   “The...
September 6th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Pros & Cons on State of Alaska Leading on AKLNG Project

August 31st, 2016 | Economics, Energy, Recent News, Resource Development | Read More

Governor Walker’s Law Department Gives a Pass to Alaska Lead on Gas line

August 23rd, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More
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