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.
Our next Fiscal Action Coalition meeting will be on Tuesday, January 31st, 7:30am – 8:30am, with Scott Goldsmith, Professor Emeritus of Economics at ISER. He will present an update of his Sustainable Spending model. It is a great tool for discussing the impacts of fiscal policy decisions and the, “right size” of state government. We […]
Join CWN for the presentation of the latest report from our Fiscal Policy Study Group. The study group has been meeting weekly during 2016 to host presentations from policy leaders and to identify specific recommendations to update our 2015 report: “The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities“.
Professor Emeritus of Economics at ISER, Gunnar Knapp, presented an updated version of his Alaska Fiscal Model. The model is a great tool to stimulate discussion and examine the potential impacts of various policy decisions on state spending and revenue. We will post his tool here when it becomes available.