Archive for the ‘Recent News’ Category

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

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

Capital Budget-Compare FY15 to FY16

[This is a “reprint” of a story from April of 2014 on last year’s (FY15) capital budget just to give you an idea of what excesses were included in previous capital budgets.  This year’s capital budget (SB 26) for FY16 has been  trimmed down to the bare essentials by Senate Finance. ...
April 8th, 2015 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Is Alaska Violating its Own Constitution?

During recent testimony to the Senate Education Committee, it was disclosed that public funds were being used to fund private education.  How can that be?  Aren’t we a nation of laws?  Sometimes these actions occur because people just are not informed of the law or constitution.  Other times...
March 12th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Budget Process Recommendations to Manage Alaska’s Budget

Before the recent collapse of the oil prices and the resulting decrease in Alaska’s revenue stream, we at the Alaska Policy Forum were concerned about the wasteful, profligate spending of our state’s wealth by elected officials.  On January 9th, 2014 we were invited to provide testimony...
January 7th, 2015 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Transparency | Read More

More Federal Overreach in Alaska by EPA

Remember when you were a kid and just loved to jump and splash in puddles after a rain or during breakup?  Remember how as a kid you loved to sail stick boats in rain water runoff?  Those were the good old days and if the EPA has its way, your children and grandchildren will not enjoy those harmless...
November 19th, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage Teachers Free Yourself From Political Dues–Act by September 15th

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 by September 15th.  This is not just teachers, it includes nurses, librarians, psychologists and all others who are required to belong to the AEA...
September 10th, 2014 | Education, Recent News | 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

Great Teachers are the Most Important Factor in Educating our Youth

by: David Nees The Alaska Policy Forum is continuing to participate in the Education Matters series, a continuation of Mayor Sullivan‘s Education Summit.  The latest meeting was on May 9, 2014 and focused on teacher preparation and quality. Three guest speakers made presentations followed by a series...
June 12th, 2014 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Anchorage School District Fools the Legislature

Remember all the noise about funding the BSA? Remember the chants about having to fire teachers, up to 200 according to the Anchorage School District? Well, the Legislature gave public schools an increase in the Base Student Allocation of $150 this upcoming year and $50 for each of the next two years....
May 19th, 2014 | Recent News | Read More