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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

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

Anchorage Payroll Just Released; 453 Employees Cost More than the Mayor

One of our guiding principles at the Alaska Policy Forum is that government should be limited and as transparent as possible.  Over the past 4 years we have provided as much information that we could obtain from local/state governments and school districts.  We believe it is important for taxpayers to know how much their employees […]

March 31st, 2016 | Accountability, Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Detroit Public School Principals Get Recognition (fm FBI) on Fiscal Policy

Detroit public school principals rob students of education money. How does this happen? Could it, and does it happen here in Alaska?

March 30th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Funds PERS Retirement for Alaska Municipal League Employees

The irony and hypocrisy is simply overwhelming. Here is the CEO of Alaska Municipal League arguing against shifting PERS costs to local governments even though she is covered in PERS as a non-government employee!

March 29th, 2016 | Accountability | Read More

Alaska Pork Book Exposes Crony Capitalism & Waste

Did you know that Alaska has spent more than $15 Billion on capital spending projects since 2005? Add to that another nearly $14 Billion of federal taxpayer dollars and Alaska spent nearly $30 Billion on capital projects in the last 10 years. And what do we have to show for it? Very little.

March 24th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Education Funding: Spend More, Get Less

Alaska spends loads of money and some want to spend even more on K12 education. Why? What will be the return on that investment? Is there any accountability for student achievement and spending buckets of money on K12?

March 9th, 2016 | Education, Fiscal Policy | Read More

Governor Walker’s DHSS Budget Saves Only $1 Million, not $47 Million as Stated

Although there appear to be many savings in the FY17 budget, much of these savings are through shifting the payment for Medicaid services from the state government to the federal government. These transfers are implemented through “Medicaid reform” initiatives, such as 100% federal payment for travel of Alaska Natives, and increased use of federal funding […]

March 4th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Will Alaska’s Legislators Defend the Juneau “Alamo” on the Budget?

When it comes to this year’s budget, “Remember the Alamo” could be the appropriate saying.

February 19th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy | Read More