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Property Taxes on What’s Not There

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 that government always tries to find a way to stick it to taxpayers. We commend Assemblymen Roberts & Sattley for their efforts […]

December 4th, 2017 | Recent News, Taxes | Read More

Another New Tax Proposed for Alaskans

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 taxing private airplanes in Alaska again.  Our federal taxpayer dollars already fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to collect that fee but […]

December 3rd, 2017 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Taxes | Read More

Educational Choice Programs Matter to Military Too

Our Senior Policy Fellow David Boyle had an article recently posted on the national EdChoice website. We agree that we should say, “thank you for your service” by giving military families access to the educational choice options that they want and that will help their children reach for the stars. All children matter! Take a […]

November 22nd, 2017 | Education, Recent News | Read More

More Taxes Will Discourage Investment

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 so badly. The state, with an annual payroll of $1.4 billion, can also do more to tighten its belt and reduce spending.” […]

November 15th, 2017 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Resource Development, Taxes | Read More

Free Enterprise versus Government Enterprise

Alaska Governor Walker announced what he thought was big news this week regarding a natural gas pipeline. We’ve looked beyond the hype with renown Alaskan energy expert Dave Harbour and Alaska conservative blogger Suzanne Downing. Harbour notes that the “nationalized” North Slope natural gas project is not feasible and that consumer interests are best protected […]

November 11th, 2017 | Energy, Recent News, Resource Development | Read More

Survey Says–Military Families Favor Education Savings Accounts

Military families have greater challenges than most when it comes to finding the best K12 education for their kids. And active duty families favor school choice overwhelmingly–75%.

November 9th, 2017 | Education, Recent News | Read More

New taxes for Anchorage

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 long will that last? When was the last time taxes were lowered and stayed at the lower level?   The Alaska Trucking Association […]

November 8th, 2017 | Recent News, Taxes | Read More

Free Market Health Care?

We have written before about Direct Primary Care but a new video does a good job of explaining it and showing how this free-market movement is shaking up health care: Check out the video:

October 27th, 2017 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

It’s Time For Educational Accountability in Alaska

The recently-released PEAKs student test scores should be eye-opening for parents, students and every Alaskan who values public K-12 education. Unfortunately, these recent test scores are not just an anomaly; they are further evidence that Alaska’s K-12 education system needs some drastic reforms, and quickly. Otherwise, this state will continue to lose ground in its […]

October 25th, 2017 | Accountability, Education, Recent News | Read More

Leading Tax Experts to Alaska Legislature: Whatever You Tax, You Get Less Of

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, the Last Frontier State will test the frontiers of tax policy by considering a new twist on a very old tax. America’s […]

October 24th, 2017 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Taxes | 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) and Mathematics. Two maps are available, one for Anchorage schools and a […]

October 18th, 2017 | Education, Transparency | Read More

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