Posts Tagged ‘anchorage’

New taxes for Anchorage

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 long will that last? When was the last time taxes were lowered and stayed at the lower level?   The...
November 8th, 2017 | Recent News, Taxes | Read More

Mayor Berkowitz “Balancing” Salaries on Backs of Taxpayers

by Art Chance Cop(y)Crat Pay The local “mainstream media” , aka Alaska Dispatch, recently had an article on how Anchorage Mayor Berkowitz wanted to give the deputy police chief and police chief a pay raise because of the difficulty in recruiting for these valuable positions.  Why are there...
August 15th, 2017 | Labor, Recent News | Read More

Steve Jobs, Entrepreneur, Innovator, Capitalist on Education in the US

Steve Jobs strongly favored school choice (vouchers) for every child as a means to improve educational opportunity for all. He believed that competition from “vouchered” schools would make the public schools either improve their product or go away. His strong endorsement of freedom of choice...
October 6th, 2011 | Education | Read More

The Hidden costs of the ASD contracts

By David Boyle Just recently, the Anchorage School Board approved a contract for the Anchorage Education Association (AEA) for the period 2010-13.  We expressed concern at the School Board meeting (May 24th) that the board may not have been informed of the total costs of this contract.  When asked...
August 16th, 2010 | Education | Read More

State tests new parole system

( The Department of Corrections is partnering with the Anchorage Police Department to test drive a new program intended to deal with probation violations more quickly and effectively. Commissioner Joe Schmidt said the program, Probation Accountability with Certain Enforcement, would...
July 15th, 2010 | Recent News | Read More

Alaska Watchdog: Board to approve state’s retirement funds

By Kirsten Adams  Nearly a year after the close of the 2009 fiscal year, financial reports on the public employees’ pension systems for that year are finally complete, and ready for review by pension management. The Alaska Retirement Management Board, tasked with keeping an eye on Alaska’s multi-billion...
June 24th, 2010 | Recent News | Read More

Audio: Anchorage School District’s next big spending project

David Boyle from the Alaska Policy Forum asks how the West Romig renewal will affect student achievement. (5:40) ASD's next big spending project - Click here to listen
June 22nd, 2010 | Education, Recent News | Read More

Is the Anchorage School District focused on its mission?

On June 14th at 6:30, the Anchorage School Board will consider approving a master plan to rebuild West High School and Romig Middle School into a community center school. The projected cost is nearly $300,000,000. This “vision” includes fitness centers, one natural and two artificial turf...
June 14th, 2010 | Education | Read More

Design problems plague Port of Anchorage expansion

By Kirsten Adams June 7, 2010 Despite an additional appropriation in the recently approved capital budget, reports of failed designs continue to plague the more than $750 million Port of Anchorage expansion project.  The project would use an open cell sheet pile design to add 130 acres of dock space...
June 7th, 2010 | Recent News | Read More

Beluga whales blamed for Anchorage port construction problems

(ADN) The Anchorage port cost has doubled from an estimated $375 million to $750+ million, and the expected  completion date has moved from 2015 to a likely 2020. The ICRC is now seeking a new contractor to fix existing issues and complete the project. Read the article <here>
May 11th, 2010 | Accountability | Read More

APF presents before Muni Budget Group

APF presents before Anchorage Municipality Budget Working Group: Better Student Outcomes; More Choices Alaska Policy Forum Research Fellow Bob Griffin presented before a budget working group for the Municipality of Anchorage on ways the Anchorage School District can improve its performance. Press Release Power...
April 22nd, 2010 | Education | Read More

ASD: Competition, not spending

 Competition, not spending, will improve the performance of the Anchorage School District Bob Griffin, Research Fellow in Education Policy For those who seek a better value education (better results at a lower cost) in Anchorage, policies with proven results are the only ones that should be considered....
April 22nd, 2010 | Education | Read More

Better Education Value for Anchorage

Better Education Value for Anchorage
Download a hardcopyhere (PDF). Recently, the Anchorage School District (ASD) requested community input to assist the District and the School Board in managing their budget. The question under consideration was how to close an anticipated budget gap for FY 2011. We at the Alaska Policy Forum attended...
April 22nd, 2010 | Education, Featured | Read More