Commonwealth North’s mission is to educate Alaskans on significant public policy issues and assist in identifying effective solutions.
In that process, CWN fills a unique, non-partisan niche that provides Alaskans with access to policy makers, frank dialogue, and continual civic engagement. We bring clarity to issues free from political bias, and advocate for thoughtful, deliberative development of public policy.
Governors Bill Egan and Walter Hickel founded the organization in 1979 to bring together Alaskans who cared about Alaska then and into its future. Having once been political opponents, they united to create a non-partisan environment that continues to bring together some of the most inspiring leaders and thinkers of the day; to study and explore the unique nature of Alaska; to wrestle with the toughest policy issues; and prepare Alaskans to step up to public service.
Fiscal Action Coalition w/ Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck, Department of Revenue and Alaska journalist, Tim Bradner. Friday, April 21st 7:30am-8:30am Commissioner Hoffbeck discussed the State’s fiscal challenges, budget reductions, and new revenue options. Alaska Journalist, Tim Bradner, Editor of Alaska, Inc. magazine gave us the latest news from the legislative session in Juneau.
State Health Care Costs with Commissioner Sheldon Fisher Friday, April 14th 7:30am-8:30am ACS Business Technology Center on 36th Ave. Department of Administration Commissioner, Sheldon Fisher, briefed the Fiscal Action Coalition about steps the State is taking to reduce the cost of health care. He also discussed a Health Care Authority Feasibility Study that is due […]
On January 25th, Commonwealth North presented our newest report on the state budget, The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities (Update). CWN Fiscal Policy Release Slides 01-25-17 Click report title or slide deck to download. The video can be viewed online here. Our Fiscal Policy Study Group met weekly during 2016 to host […]