Archive for the ‘Transparency’ Category

Newly released: Anchorage School District Payroll

In the interest of providing as much transparency as possible, the Alaska Policy Forum is posting the fiscal year 2016-2017 payroll for the Anchorage School District. This allows the citizens of Anchorage and Alaska the opportunity to view the compensation in salaries and benefits that your District...
December 21st, 2017 | Education, Recent News, Transparency | Read More

Online maps of 2017 Alaska public school test results now available

The Alaska Policy Forum has released online maps visually depicting school test results from the recently released Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools, or PEAKS. The PEAKS assessment is a general overview of public student performance at grade-level standard for English Language Arts (ELA)...
October 18th, 2017 | Education, Transparency | Read More

Follow the Money to Find Who Funds Your Legislator

We believe it is in the best interests of all Alaskans to know who is funding their elected officials, especially in the State Legislature.  One would expect rational discussions to happen when legislation is being debated during committee hearings and in legislators’ offices.  It is difficult,...
April 24th, 2017 | Transparency | 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

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

The Most Dangerous Jobs in America and Alaska

Lately we’ve heard a lot of talk about how dangerous some of our Municipality of Anchorage jobs are, especially firefighters and police officers.  We have been bombarded with mailings, radio ads, and other messaging that implies that these public safety employees will not have the proper safety...
October 28th, 2014 | Collective Bargaining Agreements | Read More

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Payroll Now Available

In the past we have provided public employee payroll information to citizens of Anchorage, the MatSu, and the State of Alaska.  We now have the basic public employee payroll for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough not including the school district.  We do not have this payroll listed by a person’s...
September 4th, 2014 | Accountability, Recent News, Transparency | Read More

Anchorage Payroll Hits 91,000 Households Starting August 13th

Look in your mailbox or in the Alaska Dispatch News starting August 13th for Municipality payroll.  If you don’t get a copy, give us a call at 334-5853. The Policy Forum opened the books on Anchorage employee payroll to inform and educate Anchorage citizens on the cost of public services.  Some...
August 11th, 2014 | Collective Bargaining Agreements, Transparency | Read More

Next Big Storm to Hit Anchorage-Schools Close

This past week, Anchorage was almost blown away by an early season wind storm that uprooted and blew down many trees, especially on the east side of town. Of course, in Alaska neighbors help neighbors and remove damaged trees, help by providing refrigeration for foodstuffs and hot showers for comfort....
September 12th, 2012 | Collective Bargaining Agreements, Education | Read More

Should Anchorage Taxpayers Bail Out Teamster Pension Fund?

The Anchorage School Board is considering adopting the proposed union contract renewal with Teamsters Local 959 (bus drivers/attendants) which will require the taxpayer to help bail out an underfunded Teamster Pension Fund. Why should we be called on to bail out a mismanaged fund which our employees...
September 6th, 2012 | Accountability, Collective Bargaining Agreements, Education | Read More

Taxpayers Paid $129,100,798 for “Official” Union Activities in 2009

(Capitol Research Center) Taxpayers paid more than $129 million in salaries and benefits to federal employees for doing “official” union work in 2009. These federal employees logged about 3 million hours and received government paychecks for doing union work. How can this be? Title V of the...
December 27th, 2011 | Accountability, Transparency | Read More

Anchorage Property Taxes: A Snapshot

Recently, there has been much discussion in Anchorage regarding  public employee wages, education and property taxes. Folks on both sides tend to throw out numbers regarding whether or not public employees are paid enough, and whether Anchoragites pay high property taxes. The Policy Forum has posted...
September 2nd, 2011 | Accountability, Transparency | Read More

Do AWWU Plumbers Deserve a Pay Raise?

The Anchorage Assembly voted down the three year nearly 15% increase in wages for plumbers (most at AWWU). Was this the right decision? The average AWWU plumber receives about $109,000 annually in pay and benefits; the average Anchorage non-AWWU plumber gets about $68,000 annually(not including benefits,...
August 31st, 2011 | Collective Bargaining Agreements, Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

State of Alaska Payroll Database Launched

Executive Director Jeremy Thompson explains Why Alaska Government Transparency is a Worthy Cause 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, involved,...
July 14th, 2011 | Recent News, Transparency | Read More

Updated: Anchorage Municipal Elections Financial Snapshot

Update: The spreadsheet has been updated to reflect some information that was misplaced in the APOC records. The new spreadsheet reflects 24 hour reports as of April 4, 2011. Please see the new revision for updated figures. The figures quoted in this post reflect an earlier version. The Alaska Public...
April 1st, 2011 | Transparency | Read More

MOA Grant Funded Payroll Now Available

The Alaska Policy Forum has now made available the payroll data for positions inside MOA that are grant funded. Visit the MOA payroll data homepage and click on the blue block titled “Grant Funded Positions.”
March 23rd, 2011 | Fiscal Policy, Transparency | Read More