The below response was submitted to the Anchorage Daily News on March 6, 2018 but they have refused to publish it. What a shame that they are not willing to engage in the […]
A few weeks ago the Alaska Policy Forum highlighted an analysis from Key Policy Data, a national data visualization firm. The analysis found that in 2016 Alaska had the second-least productive state and […]
Some good questions were asked this week by state legislators about Alaska’s ballooning health care budget. On Wednesday, January 19 in the Senate Finance Committee meeting, Governor Walker’s Director of the Office of […]
In a large statewide poll conducted by Hellenthal and Associates in the spring of 2017, Alaskan voters agreed with the following statement by a two-to-one margin: “The state budget needs to be drastically […]
The Anchorage teachers union wants a 3% pay raise for its members. Fact: the median salary and benefits for a full time ASD employee is $ 90,506. Benefits account for 32% of this total.
The Mat-Su Borough Assembly has had discussions in recent months about instituting a tax on plastic “single use” shopping bags. The tax would be applied to large retailers borough-wide. Proponents of the tax […]
Can you imagine having your property burned to rubble but still being expected to pay full property taxes? That’s the reality for one Alaska couple, Ron & Jane Hunt in Fairbanks. It seems […]
The administration of Alaska Governor Walker is scrounging for every dollar it can get from the populace. His latest move is to duplicate registration that is already achieved by the federal government by […]
We are happy to see the distinguished think tank R Street Institute recently weigh in on Alaska. We agree with their conclusion that, “more taxes will only discourage the investment and growth Alaska needs […]
KTUU reports that the Anchorage Assembly has passed a new gasoline tax. Our assembly members have apparently expressed intent to lower property taxes commensurate with the amount of the new gasoline tax. How […]
The Tax Foundation, the nation’s leading independent tax policy nonprofit organization has published their take on the governor’s tax proposal. Highlights: “When Alaska’s legislature convenes in the year’s fourth special session on Monday, […]
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, […]
We all should be concerned with value whether provided by the private sector or the public sector. When we pay property taxes and other taxes to fund local government services we should also know what those taxes are paying for and if we are getting value.
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 […]
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 […]
Want to see what the public employees in Ketchikan are paid in salaries/wages and benefits? Here is a basic listing for your review. Compare this with Anchorage in an earlier posting.