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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.

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February 2: Fiscal Policy Study Group

Review of Proposed Constitutional Amendments and Possible Impacts on Long-Range State Budgets Tuesday, February 2, 2021 8am-9am Online OMB Director, Neil Steininger and Legislative Office Director, Miles Baker will join the Fiscal Policy Study Group to discuss Governor Dunleavy’s proposed fiscal-related legislation and the impact of that legislation on long-term budgeting for the State of […]

February 5: Fiscal Policy Study Group

Fiscal Policy Study Group Modernizing State of AlaskaEnterprise Systems, Business Practices, and other Administrative Services Friday, February 5, 2021 8am-9am Online Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka of the Alaska Department of Administration joins the Fiscal Policy Study Group to discuss cost-saving measures to modernize and streamline the state’s administrative services. Tshibaka spoke to the group last year […]

February 3: Lessons Learned in Ranked Choice Voting

Commonwealth North Forum Messages from Maine:Lessons Learned in Ranked Choice Voting Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Noon-1pm Online During the November 2020 general election, Alaska voters approved Ballot Measure Two. The effect of that measure will significantly change how elections are funded as well as how elections are administered.  Maine implemented ranked choice voting in June […]