By Joseph Coletti This article was originally published by the John Locke Foundation on August 22, 2019. Kansas has been criticized since 2012 for cutting taxes irresponsibly, despite a court-ordered increase in education […]
By Dave Trabert As Alaska legislators ponder resolutions to the state’s budget challenges, there’s a lot to be learned from Kansas’ efforts to balance budgets under Governor Sam Brownback. Here’s the big lesson: […]
On July 24, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced a civil emergency in the city. This is only the second time in Anchorage history that a civil emergency has been declared. What’s the reason? Budget cuts. […]
In light of the recent brouhaha regarding State of Alaska Executive Branch exempt employees, we are making available the following list with names and the associated costs to the state of compensating all […]
Earlier this year, we commissioned and published a report by Key Policy Data (KPD) providing an analysis of how much Alaska pays for its public employees, comparing their compensation to their private sector […]
Do you have an extra $45,689 for you and every member of your family (including kids)? That’s your share of the shortfall in Alaska’s unfunded public pensions. Alaskan Win Gruening writes in MustRead […]
True to one of our guiding principles that government should be limited and as transparent as possible, we are providing the most recent annual payroll for the Municipality of Anchorage. We believe it […]
Every year we hear the same refrain from many school districts, “We need more funding or we will have to fire teachers.” It would seem that Alaska’s funding of more than $20,000 per […]
A few weeks ago the Alaska Policy Forum highlighted an analysis from Key Policy Data, a national data visualization firm. The analysis found that in 2016 Alaska had the second-least productive state and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Watch Nevada: Gov. Brian Sandoval said he favors switching how Nevada government spends money to a “performance-based” budgeting system in which state agencies must meet pre-set goals and requirements.
The passage of health care reform earlier in 2010 brought with it significant expansions in Medicaid, the joint State/Federal welfare program administered by the states. Even though the federal government will be picking up the tab for the first few years, ultimately, the states will find the share they are required to pay unaffordable.
NCPA’s Unfunded Liabilities report takes a sobering look at state pension plans. Alaska’s unfunded liabilities are 42% of the state’s GDP.