Posts Tagged ‘budget’

Right-Sizing Alaska’s State Government Workforce

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 local public sector workforce in the U.S. Since then, Key Policy Data (KPD) has released a new analysis...
February 6th, 2018 | Accountability, Labor, Recent News | Read More

Will Alaska be Swallowed by Health Care Costs?

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 Management and Budget Pat Pitney presented the FY2019 Budget Overview. The budget...
January 19th, 2018 | Fiscal Policy, Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Alaska’s Budget Deficit: Have we really cut enough?

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 reduced.”  A December 2017 analysis from Key Policy Data (KPD) would seem to confirm that the...
January 7th, 2018 | Fiscal Policy, Policy, tax changes, Taxes | Read More

More Taxes Will Discourage Investment

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 so badly. The state, with an annual payroll of $1.4 billion, can also do more to tighten...
November 15th, 2017 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Resource Development, Taxes | Read More

Leading Tax Experts to Alaska Legislature: Whatever You Tax, You Get Less Of

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, the Last Frontier State will test the frontiers...
October 24th, 2017 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News, Taxes | Read More

Nevada Governor-Elect seeks to link agency budgets to goals

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. (Read more…)
January 21st, 2011 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Quickbrief: Medicaid Expan$ion Will Bankrupt the States

(NCPA) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is expected to add up to 16 million more Medicaid enrollees and will significantly expand eligibility for families with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. The PPACA requires states to streamline their enrollment process...
October 25th, 2010 | Recent News | Read More

Startling state unfunded liabilities

(NCPA) NCPA’s Unfunded Liabilities report takes a sobering look at state pension plans. Alaska’s unfunded liabilities are 42% of the state’s GDP. Read the report <here>
September 24th, 2010 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

America under tax burden

(Heritage Foundation) With Bush-Era tax cuts set to expire and the new health care law ready to start collecting, The Heritage Foundation takes an in-depth look at the general financial health of the country in the coming years. Read the report <here>
September 23rd, 2010 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

$9 million in stimulus propaganda

(CNSNews) Taxpayers have spent over $9 million to advertise work sites for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects. Read the article <here>
September 21st, 2010 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

$2 million per stimulus job in L.A.

(FOX) Los Angeles has released a report on job creation/retention directly related to the recent stimulus package. $111 million dollars has provided only 55 employees with continued employment. Read the article <here>
September 17th, 2010 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

AKWatchdog: Budget forums target police department for cuts

After the Municipality of Anchorage hosted a series of public forums on the upcoming FY 2012 budget, a report on the discussions reveals many taxpayers would like to see budget cuts within the police department. With an estimated city budget shortfall of up to $18 million, the forums gave Anchorage residents...
September 15th, 2010 | Policy | Read More

Decadent deficiency: L.A. county schools

(Heritage Foundation) $578 million dollar schools, school districts building when in $640 million dollar deficits, and less than half of students graduating high school sum up L.A. county, a perfect candidate for school choice. Read the article <here>
September 14th, 2010 | Education, Fiscal Policy | Read More

$50 billion for organized labor

(Heritage Foundation) A close look is taken at the outcome of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, pertaining to infrastructure; what it has done, and what it has not. With the proposal of another infrastructure spending spree, costing taxpayers $50 billion, the question of union pandering arises. Read...
September 9th, 2010 | Fiscal Policy | Read More

Social Security ripe for bailout

(NCPA) As questions regarding Social Security issues are raised, methods of dealing with them that include raising the retirement age and payroll taxes are being floated. This year Social Security paid out more than it received, and predictions say it will only continue. Read the article <here>
August 11th, 2010 | Fiscal Policy, Recent News | Read More

Report: True transparency makes budget trimming easier

(Kansas Policy Institute) Identifying potential savings is critically dependent upon full transparency. Taxpayers and government officials need easy access to information that is uniformly tracked and reported. Local governments may understandably prefer to decide these matters for themselves but their...
August 2nd, 2010 | Fiscal Policy | Read More
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