Archive for the ‘Recent News’ Category

Open Letter to Senator Murkowski on Obamacare Repeal & Replace

Honorable Lisa Murkowski                                                                    24 July, 2017 United States Senate Dear Senator Murkowski, I want to thank you for serving the people of Alaska.  However, I am very concerned...
July 26th, 2017 | Health Care, National Health Care Reform Legislation, Recent News | Read More

Tax Thee, Not Me

During the current legislative session, Representative Seaton (R, Homer) introduced an income tax bill (HB115) that passed the House but got little traction in the Senate.  Apparently, Representative Seaton believes that the state bureaucracy cannot be slimmed down and that Alaska is not spending enough...
June 26th, 2017 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

The Impact of new FCC Internet Regulations on Alaska & Opportunities

Paul Jenkins at the Anchorage Daily Planet has an article on the impact of internet privacy rules/regulations newly passed by the FCC and their impact on Alaska moving forward in both business opportunities and education challenges.  Here is an excerpt: “Those of us who live in Alaska understand...
June 13th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska K12 Education Funding has Nearly Increased Twice the Rate of Inflation

We all want the best education possible for our kids and our neighbors’ kids.  And we are all hearing the usual noise: “kids not cuts”, “stop cutting education”, and “we will have to fire teachers”.  But what has Alaska really spent on K12 education and how...
June 12th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Want a Seat at the Budget Table, Then Look for the Government Union Label

The Alaska House Majority, also known as the Muskox (MuskRat) Caucus is insisting on an income tax before it agrees to any budget with the Senate Majority (Republican).  The Fake Crisis for more revenue from several taxes comes from the governor and the Muskox caucus led by House Democrats (HB115). ...
June 10th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

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

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
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