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Chronic School Absenteeism: More to the Story

On Sep 18, Charles Wohlforth posted an opinion piece in the ADN with a headline that read:  “A fourth of Alaska students are chronically absent. No wonder test scores are so bad.”   In his piece he says, “If parents are satisfied with ignorance, so will their children be.” Sorry Charles, there’s a bit more to […]

October 6th, 2017 | Education | Read More

One Stop Shopping for Legislative Bills and Legislators’ Report Card

We note that it is very difficult for the average Alaskan to follow the goings-on of legislators when they are in Juneau. We are giving Alaskans an easy way to find out how did their legislators vote and how much liberty did they vote for–our legislator report card. We all get report cards in life–our legislators should be no different.

September 18th, 2017 | Accountability, Featured, Recent News | Read More

Governor Walker Obsessed with His Gas Line Moves the Line in the Sand Deadline

Deadline, what deadline? Line in the sand, what line? Governor Walker, do you intend to use our PFDs to pay for your gas line? Please come clean.

September 4th, 2017 | Energy, Recent News | Read More

Anchorage Teachers, Give Yourself a Raise– A Mini-PFD

Anchorage teachers: Here’s a great way to save about $325. You can offset the loss of your PFD by the governor to buy groceries, gas, clothes, anything you want with YOUR money.

August 30th, 2017 | Education, Labor, Recent News | Read More

Mayor Berkowitz “Balancing” Salaries on Backs of Taxpayers

The Alaska expert on government unions has his say on Anchorage Mayor Berkowitz supporting a 37% pay raise for the police chief. Is overtime really overtime or something else?

August 15th, 2017 | Labor, Recent News | Read More

Alaska gets its Rightful Place on the U.S. Map

Finally, Alaska gets its rightful place on the U.S. map in national medium. Alaska is not depicted as being next to Hawaii or off the Baja coast.

August 2nd, 2017 | Recent News, Resource Development | Read More

AK Capital Budget & Non-Mission Critical Items

Look at this if you want to see excessive spending (some pork). Think of this in terms of your PFD and value the items at $1,000–last year’s PFD.

July 27th, 2017 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Open Letter to Senator Murkowski on Obamacare Repeal & Replace

Here are some reasons why Senator Murkowski should have voted to open debate on Obamacare repeal and replace. Debate and transparency are good things.

July 26th, 2017 | Health Care, National Health Care Reform Legislation, Recent News | Read More

Tax Thee, Not Me

During the current legislative session, Representative Seaton (R, Homer) introduced an income tax bill (HB115) that passed the House but got little traction in the Senate.  Apparently, Representative Seaton believes that the state bureaucracy cannot be slimmed down and that Alaska is not spending enough money on its services.  The House voted 22-17 (one excused) […]

June 26th, 2017 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

The Impact of new FCC Internet Regulations on Alaska & Opportunities

Paul Jenkins at the Anchorage Daily Planet has an article on the impact of internet privacy rules/regulations newly passed by the FCC and their impact on Alaska moving forward in both business opportunities and education challenges.  Here is an excerpt: “Those of us who live in Alaska understand there are real challenges to life in the […]

June 13th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska K12 Education Funding has Nearly Increased Twice the Rate of Inflation

K12 spending outpaces the rate of inflation in Alaska by nearly two times. How much more money will the education industry demand?

June 12th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Want a Seat at the Budget Table, Then Look for the Government Union Label

The Alaska House Majority, also known as the Muskox (MuskRat) Caucus is insisting on an income tax before it agrees to any budget with the Senate Majority (Republican).  The Fake Crisis for more revenue from several taxes comes from the governor and the Muskox caucus led by House Democrats (HB115).  When one wants to know […]

June 10th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Would You Spend Your PFD on Governor Walker’s Gas Line?

Where will Governor Walker get the money to fund HIS gas line? YOU.

May 18th, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Connect the Dots to Government Unions and Income Tax Supporters

The current debate in the legislature over an income tax is mostly a battle of government unions wanting more of Alaskans’ wealth.

May 3rd, 2017 | Recent News | Read More

Follow the Money to Find Who Funds Your Legislator

Have you ever wondered who supports your legislator during campaigns? Well, here is a very easy way to find out.

April 24th, 2017 | Transparency | Read More

State of Alaska Payroll for Fiscal Year 2015 Just Released

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, and successful Alaska, especially during these difficult economic times.   We believe that public record information should be readily available to […]

April 23rd, 2017 | Recent News | Read More