Archive for the ‘Issues’ Category

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

Liberals try to sink Anchorage Spending Cap Petition and Gouge Citizens

A law suit has just been filed which aims to block the Anchorage Spending Cap Petition Drive.  Who would try to subvert the voice of We The People? Three individuals have filed a lawsuit to block the citizens’ petition drive that would bring back the Anchorage Municipal Spending Cap  and put it in...
January 17th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, Believes All Children Need Opportunity to Succeed

What does Betsy DeVos so strongly support in K12 education?  Answer: The maximum education opportunity for every child so they can succeed in life. Now, who can be against that?  Answer: The teachers unions who want to maintain the status quo even though it robs students of their futures. The teachers...
January 9th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Governor Walker’s Taking of 1/2 PFD Creates More Poverty

The Institute of Social & Economic Research has just released a new study “How PFDs Reduce Poverty in Alaska” which addresses how reducing PFDs hurt the most vulnerable Alaskans.  A previous ISER study demonstrated how cutting the PFD had the most adverse effect on Alaska’s private...
December 22nd, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Governor Walker and Reality

Our friend Craig Medred has written a great column regarding the state of Alaska’s economy. Here is an excerpt from the article: “The Alaska Department of Labor on Friday released the job numbers for the first half of 2016 showing a 1.2 percent decline in jobs in January accelerating into...
December 6th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Who is Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Nominee to Lead Department of Education?

There has been a lot of misinformation on Betsy DeVos, philanthropist and staunch supporter of educational opportunities for all children.  Here is a quote from Wikipedia on her principles: “She and her husband worked for the successful passage of Michigan’s first charter-school bill in...
December 1st, 2016 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Ordinary Alaskan Citizens Challenge Legislators with Specific Budget Cuts

It’s time ordinary Alaskans had a voice in setting the economic priorities of the State Of Alaska.  United For Liberty-Alaska is an all- volunteer group of Alaskans who have no special interest group or paid lobbyists speaking for them.  Legislators have heard from special interests/lobbyists during...
November 14th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Voter Registration and Broken Promises

Ballot measure #1, linking PFD applications to voter registration, seeks to once again change Alaska’s voter registration law which was also done in the November,1968 election.  We thought it would be useful to review the promises of the 1968 ballot proposition and see if those promises were kept. Prior...
November 4th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage Mayor Berkowitz Aims to Eliminate Important Taxpayer Protection

The proposed 2017 Anchorage municipal budget from Mayor Berkowitz exceeds the amount allowed under the Spending Increase Limitation (commonly known as the “Spending Cap”).  This has caused the introduction of a new ordinance (2016 AO-130) to the Anchorage Assembly to repeal the 33 year-old...
October 19th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Be a Responsible Citizen, be an Informed Voter

We all have a civic duty to vote and hold our elected officials accountable.  However, to hold them accountable one must be informed of their past voting records if officeholders.  And if the candidate is running to challenge an incumbent, then a voter must vet that candidate on their positions and...
October 17th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

The Transfer of Wealth by Government Employee Unions–ML&P

Government employee unions are taking more wealth from Anchorage citizens in the form of increased utility rates.  If you read the ADN article, you would be led to believe that the 25% increase is only due to paying off the costs of a newly built electrical generation plant.  Think again.  Nowhere...
October 12th, 2016 | Recent News, Transparency | Read More

Disgusted with Trump vs. Clinton? Blame America’s Civic Education

Our friends (Rebecca Burgess, author) at the American Enterprise Institute have some very interesting observations about the electorate’s knowledge of the structure and functions of our republic. Three-quarters of American adults are unable to name all three branches of American government. About...
October 11th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More
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