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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

Alaska Can Save Millions with a False Claims Act & Whistleblower Protection

Here’s how Alaska can save millions and deter fraud, waste and mismanagement at the same time. With huge budget deficits, Alaska needs to protect every penny in its Public Treasury. And here’s how.

February 10th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

The Facts on Education Funding and the Base Student Allocation

We’ve heard the refrain many times, the BSA has been flat funded for four years. That’s like saying, “I haven’t had a raise in four years even though I had a larger Christmas bonus which more than made up for it”.

February 2nd, 2016 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Special Education Parents and Children Benefit from Education Savings Accounts

Why would anyone oppose a mother with a special needs child who truly benefits from education opportunities?

January 29th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

How Big is Alaska (State Government)?

By now, most of us have heard the line, “We could cut every state employee and still not put a dent in the budget gap.”.  The implication is that we should not cut any state government and protect every state job at all costs.  How much is Alaska’s payroll?  How about more than $2 Billion.  […]

January 27th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Leads the Nation in Non-Education Government Workers

How top heavy is Alaska when it comes to government employees? Take a look at the numbers and see for yourself.

January 25th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Alaska can Save Millions and it’s Easy

Every year millions of dollars are squandered in Alaska through fraud, waste and abuse.   The State of Alaska Department of Law has stated that if national trends hold true for Alaska, then the State’s Medicaid program alone will lose millions of dollars annually.   Alaska needs to enhance and upgrade its fraud prevention program […]

January 25th, 2016 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Education Opportunity With K-12 Debit Cards

Have you ever wanted to get your child to a different school because the child was not flourishing in the current public school?  Have you tried to get your child into a public charter school or an alternative public school but couldn’t because of the long, long wait lists?  Do not give up!   Well, there […]

January 15th, 2016 | Recent News | Read More