Archive for the ‘Accountability’ Category

It’s Time For Educational Accountability in Alaska

The recently-released PEAKs student test scores should be eye-opening for parents, students and every Alaskan who values public K-12 education. Unfortunately, these recent test scores are not just an anomaly; they are further evidence that Alaska’s K-12 education system needs some drastic reforms,...
October 25th, 2017 | Accountability, Education, Recent News | Read More

One Stop Shopping for Legislative Bills and Legislators’ Report Card

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...
September 18th, 2017 | Accountability, Featured, Recent News | Read More

Juneau Borough Payroll Just Released; 526 Employees Cost More Than the Mayor

One of our guiding principles at the Alaska Policy Forum is that government should be limited and as transparent as possible.  Over the past 4 years we have provided as much information that we could obtain from local/state governments and school districts.  We believe it is important for taxpayers...
June 2nd, 2016 | Accountability, Fiscal Policy | Read More

Anchorage Payroll Just Released; 453 Employees Cost More than the Mayor

One of our guiding principles at the Alaska Policy Forum is that government should be limited and as transparent as possible.  Over the past 4 years we have provided as much information that we could obtain from local/state governments and school districts.  We believe it is important for taxpayers...
March 31st, 2016 | Accountability, Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Funds PERS Retirement for Alaska Municipal League Employees

This is a reprint of an article which we posted on May 17, 2010.  Today, it is even more relevant because the CEO of the Alaska Municipal League, Kathy Wasserman, is arguing against recently filed legislation shifting more of the PERS costs to local governments. These are the same government interests...
March 29th, 2016 | Accountability | Read More

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Payroll Now Available

In the past we have provided public employee payroll information to citizens of Anchorage, the MatSu, and the State of Alaska.  We now have the basic public employee payroll for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough not including the school district.  We do not have this payroll listed by a person’s...
September 4th, 2014 | Accountability, Recent News, Transparency | Read More

GAS Throws Money at Education with no Accountability Measures

by Bob Griffin We have heard many times through the local media about the wonderful job that Great Alaska Schools (GAS) has done to improve education in Alaska. But what exactly has GAS proposed to improve the public K-12 education system other than advocate for a more expensive version of the failing...
June 19th, 2014 | Accountability, Education | Read More

Anchorage School District’s Spending Dilemma

During the recent legislative session we heard cries of “Increase the BSA, $404 this year, and $125 for each of the next two years”. Unheard from the vocal supporters of spending more money on public education was, “Let’s increase student achievement”. The chant of “Send...
May 12th, 2014 | Accountability, Education | Read More

How Much Should Anchorage Pay for a School?

by Bob Griffin Is Anchorage ready to vote on a bond to refurbish/remodel a school? That’s what the School Board will take up at its October 7th meeting. Get ready to hear “it’s all about the kids, we don’t care how much it costs because the taxpayer will bear the burden and the...
October 4th, 2013 | Accountability, Education, Recent News | Read More

Accountability Improves Education for the Kids

There is a movement going on in Anchorage to change the way School Board members are elected. Currently, they are elected at-large. That is, the entire Municipality votes for a member. The change would have Board members elected by district, the same way we elect Assembly members and our legislators....
December 5th, 2012 | Accountability, Recent News | Read More

Should the State of Alaska Pay For Union Facilities?

The labor unions in Alaska perform an excellent job of training future union workers, particularly in the construction industry. However, is it right and proper for the State of Alaska to use public monies to fund construction of facilities for these private labor unions? That is exactly what is happening...
November 2nd, 2012 | Accountability | Read More

Should Anchorage Taxpayers Bail Out Teamster Pension Fund?

The Anchorage School Board is considering adopting the proposed union contract renewal with Teamsters Local 959 (bus drivers/attendants) which will require the taxpayer to help bail out an underfunded Teamster Pension Fund. Why should we be called on to bail out a mismanaged fund which our employees...
September 6th, 2012 | Accountability, Collective Bargaining Agreements, Education | Read More

The Absentee School Board Member in Anchorage

By David Boyle If you voted for someone to represent you on the school board, and after starting his term, this person decided to take a job in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific, do you think the person should be allowed to conduct school board business from that new location? Anchorage School...
May 30th, 2012 | Accountability, Education | Read More

Closing of Worst Schools in Chicago Stymied-Discrimination?

A very interesting thing is happening in Rahm Emmanuel’s Chicago. The Chicago Public Schools leaders are trying to close and overhaul 17 of the city’s failing schools. However, the Chicago Teachers Union is fighting this effort to improve education for minority students by filing a lawsuit...
February 14th, 2012 | Accountability, Education | Read More

Taxpayers Paid $129,100,798 for “Official” Union Activities in 2009

(Capitol Research Center) Taxpayers paid more than $129 million in salaries and benefits to federal employees for doing “official” union work in 2009. These federal employees logged about 3 million hours and received government paychecks for doing union work. How can this be? Title V of the...
December 27th, 2011 | Accountability, Transparency | Read More

Anchorage Property Taxes: A Snapshot

Recently, there has been much discussion in Anchorage regarding  public employee wages, education and property taxes. Folks on both sides tend to throw out numbers regarding whether or not public employees are paid enough, and whether Anchoragites pay high property taxes. The Policy Forum has posted...
September 2nd, 2011 | Accountability, Transparency | Read More
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