Archive for the ‘Recent News’ Category

Alaska Media–Messaging or Reporting?

Dan Fagan recently wrote a candid article on the philosophy of the Alaska Dispatch News and its impact on public policy.  We may not agree with all his comments but it does shine a light on the “what” is happening in Alaska and the “why” it is being done.  We congratulate Mr....
October 11th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Breaking News-Arctic Getting Warmer, November 1922!

Check this out.  A news article from 1922 about global warming in Alaska.  Click on the picture to enlarge it to be readable.              
August 31st, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

The Legal Issues on Expanding Medicaid in Alaska

In a Forbes article dated August 4, 2015, Josh Archambault and Jonathan Ingram discuss the legal box that Governor Walker is in regarding his efforts to expand Medicaid without going through the legislative process.  The governor is required to get the legislature’s OK before Alaska takes any...
August 4th, 2015 | Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Seniors Squeezed to the Back of the Bus by Medicaid

The University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) completed a study titled “Improving Health Care Access for Older Alaskans” in June 2010.  This study was authored by Mark A. Foster and Rosyland Frazier.  The report addresses the current status of access...
July 10th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Did You Do This on July 4th?

In Alaska, we prize our summers and especially our weekends due to the long dark winters.  Many of us recreate in Alaska’s vast wilderness.  Others work in their gardens, play with their kids, and just get outdoors to enjoy the weather.  Did anyone discuss the merits of Obamacare during the...
July 7th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

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

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

Six Ways Alaska Can Improve Student Outcomes Without More Funding

by Bob Griffin There  has been a lot of banter and finger pointing over the last few days over the very disappointing state AMP test scores that were recently released by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.  Here are the statewide results for All Grades in English Language Arts...
February 20th, 2015 | Education, 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