There are many factors in student success, and an opinion piece in the Juneau Empire recently highlighted an extremely important, yet sensitive one: teacher accountability. In his piece, author Win Gruening points out […]
Some good questions were asked this week by state legislators about Alaska’s ballooning health care budget. On Wednesday, January 19 in the Senate Finance Committee meeting, Governor Walker’s Director of the Office of […]
In a large statewide poll conducted by Hellenthal and Associates in the spring of 2017, Alaskan voters agreed with the following statement by a two-to-one margin: “The state budget needs to be drastically […]
In 2016 in an attempt to bring down costs and improve care, the Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 74, which contained a multitude of Medicaid reform measures such as fraud-waste-and-abuse reduction, managed care […]
The Anchorage teachers union wants a 3% pay raise for its members. Fact: the median salary and benefits for a full time ASD employee is $ 90,506. Benefits account for 32% of this total.
The Mat-Su Borough Assembly has had discussions in recent months about instituting a tax on plastic “single use” shopping bags. The tax would be applied to large retailers borough-wide. Proponents of the tax […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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%.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]