Introduction These budget blocks are a simple, straightforward way to visualize how Alaska is spending its money and from which funds that money is coming. The size of each block corresponds to the […]
Vote-by-mail flops, what’s next?
By Win Gruening This article was originally published by The Juneau Empire on November 11, 2021. With every passing day, the justification for Juneau switching to universal vote-by-mail becomes murkier, more problematic and […]
Bait & Switch: Does Anchorage School District Need 3 New Schools?
by Dave Donley This communication is from Dave Donley as an individual and not on behalf of the Anchorage School District or School Board or any appointed or military position he may hold. […]
Part-Time Public-School Enrollment is School Choice
At least 12 states allow students to enroll in public schools at least part-time. Alaska has one of the broadest policies in the nation, thus allowing many families to choose which educational opportunities are best for […]
Alaska’s 2021 Business Competitiveness, Ranked
Alaska ranks dead last in the U.S. for business competitiveness in 2021. CNBC releases an annual report ranking all 50 states on which are best to do business in, and Alaska ranked 50th […]
PEAKS Performance 2021: The Pandemic Did Alaska’s Students No Favors
School closures and uncertainty in 2020 and 2021 certainly did no favors for Alaskan students. The 2021 Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) results are now available, and they reveal particularly worrisome trends in proficiency, especially in mathematics. More than […]
Why Occupational Licensing Hurts Alaskans
By Tim Barto and Quinn Townsend A strong, long-term economy for Alaska must include a flourishing private sector. Freedom in the market sparks innovation, encourages the development of new businesses, and creates jobs. Governmental meddling does the opposite, and one […]
Alaska Marine Highway System: Alternative Approaches
By Quinn Townsend and Sarah Montalbano The state-owned Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) provides ferry transportation to 35 Alaskan coastal communities, contributing to the economic and social well-being of those communities. Unfortunately, it […]