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.


March 31st: Fiscal Action Coalition – Guiding Principles and Choices in Effective Tax Policy.

Professor Ralph Townsend, Director of UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), will join us to share an economist’s perspective of key principles that should be considered in developing tax policy.  As the Legislature continues to struggle to address the state’s revenue and spending challenges, it is discussing how individual taxation could be part […]

March 24th: Legislative Update with the Bradners

On Friday, March 24th, Alaska journalist Tim Bradner joined again us for an update on the latest news from the legislative session in Juneau. Our next update with the Bradners will be on Friday, April 7th, 7:30am-8:30am at the ACS Business Technology Center (600 E 36th Ave.). ACS Business Technology Center, 600 E 36th Ave., […]

January 25th: CWN Releases its 2017 Report on State Fiscal Policy

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 […]


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