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.
Join us Friday, March 24th, when we continue our series, Coffee with the Bradners, 7:30am-8:30am, at The ACS Business Technology Center. Mike and Tim Bradner will join again us for an update on the latest news from the legislative session in Juneau. This in an excellent opportunity for you to get an in-depth look at […]
CWN members David Morgan and Ross Bieling presented their proposed health care cost reduction program with recommendations to the legislature on how the State can reduce its health care costs through a HEDIS Management System with Competitive Bidding for health services. David Morgan is a health economist with over 31 years’ experience and former member […]
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 […]