Archive for the ‘Recent News’ Category

Let’s Use Your PFD to Fund Alaska Students’ College Education

There is a bill in the legislature, SB208, that would discontinue the Alaska Performance Scholarship program effective as of next year’s high school graduating class.  The program would still be available for those already benefiting from the program and this year’s high school graduates. ...
April 12th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

What will the US Dept of Education do with Alaska’s AMP Test Failure?

Here is a post from Politico which may shed some light on Alaska’s quandary on its troubled Alaska Measurement of Progress (AMP) test: “IS ALASKA MAKING ‘EVERY EFFORT’ TO ADMINISTER TESTS? After major technical glitches [], resulted in Alaska canceling...
April 12th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage School District Fails to Educate Mentally Challenged Students

There was a very interesting debate on SB103, “Residential Psychiatric Education Funding”,  which provides for the funding of mentally challenged children in residential treatment facilities.  It seems as if in the past that the Anchorage School District has not provided adequate educational...
April 8th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Nonprofit releases report on city employee salaries, KTUU

You decide. Publishing of Muni of Anchorage payroll, is it inflammatory or informational? Watch this KTUU-TV interview and let us know what you think.               ( KTUU – TV ) Copy and past this in your web browser:
April 7th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Just Released-Fairbanks North Star Borough Payroll

We have just received a copy of the Fairbanks North Star Borough payroll for 2015.  As you can see, there are no employee names which is unfortunate and the listing is by position description. Of special interest are the column headings “Health” and “PERS”.  The health column...
April 5th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Proposition 8 Puts Ceiling on Property Taxes

We have all heard about the Proposition 8, Repair the Tax Cap, on the Anchorage Municipal ballot on April 5th.  Where is the truth in this rather confusing debate? Will taxes go up, down or even sideways? Well, we are here to show what would have happened if the newest Assembly version of the Tax Cap...
April 4th, 2016 | Recent News | 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

Detroit Public School Principals Get Recognition (fm FBI) on Fiscal Policy

HERE IS THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE US ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE IN DETROIT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Twelve Detroit Public Schools Principals, Assistant Superintendent and Vendor Charged with Bribery Criminal charges were filed today against 12 current or former Detroit Public...
March 30th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Pork Book Exposes Crony Capitalism & Waste

We have just compiled the first ever Alaska Pork Book which documents the frivolous State of Alaska spending on “capital projects” from 2005-15.  It seems as if the State has been spending its winnings from the “oil lottery” on wasteful, unnecessary projects.  Unfortunately,...
March 24th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Governor Walker’s DHSS Budget Saves Only $1 Million, not $47 Million as Stated

Although there appear to be many savings in the FY17 budget, much of these savings are through shifting the payment for Medicaid services from the state government to the federal government. These transfers are implemented through “Medicaid reform” initiatives, such as 100% federal payment for travel...
March 4th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Can Save Millions with a False Claims Act & Whistleblower Protection

“Thieves Operate in the Dark,Yet are Visible in Ways Many Can See.”             –Scottish Proverb The federal False Claims Act, a law that operates primarily in the private sector, brought to the Federal Treasury almost $21 billion in fraud recoveries over the past five years. The...
February 10th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

The Facts on Education Funding and the Base Student Allocation

There is plenty of talk about Alaska not funding public education adequately. We have heard from those who support more money for the public schools that the Base Student Allocation (BSA) has been flat funded for four years. For that specific funding item, they are correct. But one must drill down into...
February 2nd, 2016 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Special Education Parents and Children Benefit from Education Savings Accounts

Who knows what’s best for a child? A parent? A bureaucrat? A teacher?  We all know the answer–a parent.  I say let’s hold parents accountable and responsible for their child’s education.  I also say one cannot hold them accountable unless one gives that parent the authority...
January 29th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

How Big is Alaska (State Government)?

By now, most of us have heard the line, “We could cut every state employee and still not put a dent in the budget gap.”.  The implication is that we should not cut any state government and protect every state job at all costs.  How much is Alaska’s payroll?  How about more than $2...
January 27th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska can Save Millions and it’s Easy

Every year millions of dollars are squandered in Alaska through fraud, waste and abuse.   The State of Alaska Department of Law has stated that if national trends hold true for Alaska, then the State’s Medicaid program alone will lose millions of dollars annually.   Alaska needs to enhance and upgrade...
January 25th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Education Opportunity With K-12 Debit Cards

Have you ever wanted to get your child to a different school because the child was not flourishing in the current public school?  Have you tried to get your child into a public charter school or an alternative public school but couldn’t because of the long, long wait lists?  Do not give up!  ...
January 15th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More