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Candidate Walker’s Positions on Alaska’s Budget in October 2014

When a person runs for elected office we should expect truth regarding that person’s guiding principles. In October 2014 then-candidate Bill Walker stated his principles on free markets, PFDs and right sizing the Alaska State government. We ask Governor Walker: “Where are those principles now?”. Or were they ever there?

July 7th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

That Blanking, Bloated, Big Alaska Budget!

The state should manage its own budget before it manages Alaskan familie’s budgets. Reducing Alaskans’ budgets reduces the size of the general population. Reducing the state’s budget reduces the size of government. Legislators and governor it’s your choice. Which will it be?

June 17th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Ranks #1 in Fiscal Health; Or Does it?

Is Alaska #1 or maybe #50 in fiscal health? It all depends on what one looks at to determine the fiscal health. Accounting for long term liabilities such as pensions and retired government employee health care, Alaska ranks closer to #50 in fiscal health.

June 9th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Juneau Borough Payroll Just Released; 526 Employees Cost More Than the Mayor

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.

June 2nd, 2016 | Accountability, Fiscal Policy | Read More

Budget Monkey Business in Alaska

Some things that happen in Juneau are just simply amazing. How about “smoke and mirrors”, “monkey business” and the ever-tempting “bait and switch”?

June 2nd, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Spends More on K12 and Gets Less Return on Investment

Here are the facts in an easily read chart to compare Alaska to the other 49 States and the District of Columbia.

May 20th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

What Should School Boards Focus on?

Do Alaska school boards contractually require school superintendents to improve learning? And what is the recourse when that does not happen?

May 5th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Legislators: Here are Some Places to Reduce the State’s Budget

Where would you reduce the State Of Alaska budget? Here are some great ideas–what do you think?

April 19th, 2016 | Recent News | 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 15th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Public Monies Fund These Private Educational Institutions

Here is a listing of those “educational” institutions that high school graduates attend using their Alaska Performance Scholarship funds.  Now these educational/training organizations may be providing some great instruction to post-high school students.  But these are state funds and are being used to fund other than public education.  Doesn’t this violate the Alaska Constitution, Article […]

April 14th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Let’s Use Your PFD to Fund Alaska Students’ College Education

Do you believe that Alaska college students should use your PFD or their PFDs to pay for their education?

April 12th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

What will the US Dept of Education do with Alaska’s AMP Test Failure?

Here is a post from Politico which may shed some light on Alaska’s quandary on its troubled Alaska Measurement of Progress (AMP) test: “IS ALASKA MAKING ‘EVERY EFFORT’ TO ADMINISTER TESTS? After major technical glitches [], resulted in Alaska canceling all testing for the rest of the year [ ], early figures showed that the […]

April 12th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage School District Fails to Educate Mentally Challenged Students

What would you do if you had a mentally challenged student that wasn’t receiving adequate educational services from your school district? You should support your child and do everything you can to change the law so your child can thrive.

April 8th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Nonprofit releases report on city employee salaries, KTUU

Mayor Berkowitz believes that our publishing of the Muni of Anchorage payroll is “inflammatory” not “informational”. Does he want to keep the general public in the dark on its employees’ payroll? We will shine the light and provide transparency as our agenda.

April 7th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Just Released-Fairbanks North Star Borough Payroll

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 description. Of special interest are the column headings “Health” and “PERS”.  The health column shows costs ranging from $27,336 to $12,588 (not […]

April 5th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Proposition 8 Puts Ceiling on Property Taxes

Can you believe that the Anchorage government would have taken $141,971,951 more from property taxpayers if the current Assembly-voted tax regime were in place since 2008? These are the anti-Proposition 8 folks.

April 4th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More