The mystery of the Muni of Anchorage payroll has been unraveled. We constantly hear foggy figures and quotes from both sides on public employee compensation. Well, here is the unvarnished truth for you, the employer and taxpayer, to determine the value of provided services.
(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 […]
How High are Anchorage Property Taxes, Relatively Speaking?
Executive Director Jeremy Thompson explains why Alaska government transparency is a worthy cause.
Alaska Policy Forum breaks down the campaign funding in this municipal election to make it easy for voters to understand.
There are a significant number of positions in the Municipality of Anchorage that are grant funded.
The Alaska Policy Forum has formally rolled out its payroll portal for the Anchorage School District.
Continuing with its efforts to advance government transparency, the Alaska Policy Forum has launched a new portal which allows citizens in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to view the salaries of its public employees.
The Alaska Policy Forum has launched a payroll transparency website for the Municipality of Anchorage.
The transparency group Sunlight Foundation has followed up on its 2007 list of “8 Principles of Open Government,” extending the list to ten must-do’s for proper public access to information.
An often overlooked provision in Alaska statute allows cities to exempt themselves from campaign financial disclosure requirements, and several Alaskan boroughs have made the move to include the exemptions on the upcoming October ballots.
(Fox Business) Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases from the public, including those filed under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University takes a serious look at state budgets and the inflation of them caused by gimmickry, fiscal evasion, and fiscal illusion; all common practices which pass extra costs off to taxpayers.
(AlaskaWatchdog.org) After several years of internal discussion and organization, the Legislative Finance Division has completed a project that adds more than $750 million into the General Fund in an effort to simplify State finances.
A state education association has asked a federal court to decide whether South Carolina freedom of information laws violate the group’s First Amendment rights.
Earlier this year, the Alaska Policy Forum submitted public records requests to local governments and school districts looking for any sole-source contracts. While some responses were good, others were not.