In case you missed it, Governor Walker’s men just voted to sell bonds to finance the PERS/TRS liability payments. We missed it too! We tried to listen in to the meeting held Sept […]
Delegates to the NAACP recently voted in favor of a resolution calling for a national moratorium on public charter schools. Why would the NAACP take away one of the few choices, public charter […]
Selling up to $5 billion in bonds could either place Alaska further in the red or, as State officials hope, successfully decrease the multi-billion dollar pension unfunded liability. (This is a repost of an article we posted in June 2010)
In 2008, the Alaska Legislature passed House Bill 13, which authorized the selling of bonds (debt) for investment to fill the $10 billion pension gap in PERS/TRS.
Wouldn’t it be great if public education could serve every student as a unique person with different learning styles? Well, one size does not fit all in K12 education. Parents should be able to tailor education to fit their child’s unique learning styles and needs. They can with school choice. Here’s an article on how one set of parents chose the best fit for their child. Shouldn’t all parents have the same choices?
The Institute for Justice shows how government regulation can have unintended deadly consequences. Do you believe the US Department of Health & Human Services should block a person from receiving payment for donating bone marrow?
The decision making process on the AKLNG project is vital to the future of Alaska and its citizens. Because of this, we have placed the PowerPoint presentation by the legislature’s consultant, Nikos Tsafos of Enalytica, on our webpage. His presentation focuses on various levels of the State’s ownership and project management. This was presented to the Joint Senate/House Resources Committee on August 24-25. Here is a link to all the presentations: http://bit.ly/2cfleZs
Do you think the State Of Alaska should take the lead on the gas line? Do you believe the State should own the gas line and other assets? This letter from the AK Dept of Law basically states that the AK Gasline Development Corporation (state) can do what it wants because the legislature gave it the authority in SB138. Here is the letter from AK Dept of Law. By the way, send your PFD to AGDC.
It was January 2014 when the APF briefed the legislature on future budget problems. We don’t have a revenue problem. We have a CULTURAL problem in how the State government and legislature budget our limited resources. Fix the culture, and that will fix the root cause of the problem. Zero based budgeting or priority budgeting need to be implemented.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Some things that happen in Juneau are just simply amazing. How about “smoke and mirrors”, “monkey business” and the ever-tempting “bait and switch”?
Here are the facts in an easily read chart to compare Alaska to the other 49 States and the District of Columbia.
Do Alaska school boards contractually require school superintendents to improve learning? And what is the recourse when that does not happen?