Archive for the ‘Issues’ Category

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

Teachers’ Freedom of Speech & Association on Trial at U.S. Supreme Court

On January 11th the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Friedrichs v. CTA which is a case about teachers having to pay union dues to keep their jobs.  The Alaska Policy Forum signed on to an Amicus Brief to the court.  The basis of this case is the First Amendment right to Free Speech and Association. ...
January 12th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Stand Up for Alaska Property Rights

On January 5th you have a great chance to support an Alaskan who is standing up for you and your Alaska Property Rights.  It’s not often when a single individual stands up to the U.S. government.  Most of us would shy away from that because we were easily intimidated and/or we didn’t have...
January 4th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Should Small Schools in Alaska be Closed?

There has been much discussion recently about education funding for some of the smaller schools in Alaska.  Most of this discussion has focused on whether or not small rural schools are viable and worth the cost.  We believe the discussion should be reframed so that the question is, “Which schools...
December 16th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Should Follow Florida’s Lead in Education

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 up by data and thus are anecdotal and opinions.  Some of these claims are downright misinformation. So,...
December 16th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Plummets to 48th in Economic Freedom in the States

The 11th edition of the highly respected report Economic Freedom of North America has been released and it shows Alaska dropping in economic freedom.  In the index Alaska ranks 48th among the 50 States.  In the previous year’s edition Alaska ranked 2oth out of the 5o States.  Dropping like a...
December 16th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Direct Primary Care: The Hidden Nugget in the Affordable Care Act

Anyone remember Marcus Welby, MD? Think about your most recent visit to your health care provider. Does visiting your doctor seem more like a factory production line than the type of relationship that Dr. Welby had with his patients? Well, Dr. Welby is making a comeback. And this time he also has an...
October 30th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Education Dollars to Fund Elections! Say it Ain’t so

We think this is so important that we copied it from another blog, 147 Degrees West.  Should Alaska’s education funds go to pay for elections?  Absolutely not.  This blog has been edited for brevity.   At the end of this article there is an email to which you can provide your comments to the...
October 26th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

Governor Walker Using Public School Students to Promote Political Agenda

When Governor Walker issued a press release on October 15th that stated “Governor Walker applauds effort to bring budget challenge to the classroom”, we had to ask what was the motivation for this.  Is this a purely educational effort or is it a political ploy to spread the gospel of the...
October 19th, 2015 | Recent News | Read More

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

Should Public School Funds be Used for Education?

by David Nees Sometimes the simplest question has the most revealing answer. The State School Board met in Sitka from Sept 16-19. It had the usual tour of Mt. Edgecumbe School, the only one it operates as a Board.  Then it got down to the usual regulatory business. The Board had a number of big interest...
September 27th, 2015 | Education, Policy | Read More

Permanent Fund Dividend of $2072! Careful How You Spend it, the Government is Watching

Governor Walker just announced that this year’s PFD will be $2,072.  It’s another Christmas in October which really stimulates the economy.  But don’t spend it all right away because you may want some to help pay for Medicaid expansion.  You may also want to stash some away for the...
September 21st, 2015 | Economics | 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’s Current Medicaid Program Fraught With Waste and May Take Your PFD to Fix it

It’s just money so why should we worry?  In case you haven’t seen it, the sworn affidavit of Margaret Brodie, program director of Medicaid in Alaska’s DHSS, has astounding facts regarding the broken current Medicaid system.  For those who believe this is a partisan problem, most of...
July 30th, 2015 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid | Read More
<\/body>