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Date:
Wednesday, May 27th
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Online

CWN Presents: Alaska’s Role in America’s Arctic Strategy

US Senator Dan Sullivan

Wednesday, May 27th

Online via Zoom

Noon-1:00pm

Senator Dan Sullivan

Commonwealth North is pleased to host US Senator Dan Sullivan to discuss Alaska’s role in the nation’s Arctic strategy. As we noted in our report, Why the Arctic Matters, The Arctic is vast, rich, vulnerable and vital. Our Arctic assets help feed our nation, fuel our nation, and with transport routes, supply our nation and the global economy. Our strategic location helps defend many nations. America is an Arctic nation because of Alaska and the decisions made in Washington, D.C. about the Arctic effect our state and the world.

Senator Sullivan serves on four Senate committees: the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Armed Services Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information. You will also have the option to dial in by phone for audio only.   You will receive a link and phone number to join the meeting after you register.

Date:
Friday, May 22nd
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Fiscal Policy Study Group

New Revenue Options

Colleen Glover

Director

Alaska Department of Revenue Tax Division

Colleen’s PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

Colleen Glover will discuss recent proposals for new statewide taxes and their potential for addressing the State’s fiscal gap.

This continues our series of meetings for developing a web based tool that will assist Alaskans in better understanding the State’s fiscal challenge.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to Friday’s program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information. Please log in at 7:55am.

Date:
Wednesday, April 29th
Time:
Noon-1:30pm
Location:
Online

CWN Presents: A Shareholder’s Report for Alaskans

Our 14th Annual Report on Alaska’s Assets

Wednesday, April 29th

Online via Zoom

Noon-1:30pm

This program has sold out.

Video will be available after the program.

The Video is available here.

The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

Additional revenue data referenced by Commissioner Mahoney.
State Investment Funds Update
Spring 2020 Revenue Forecast PPT

Commonwealth North will host a panel of experts to report on the value, income, and prospects of the State of Alaska’s key natural resource, financial, and enterprise corporation assets. As shareholders of “Alaska Inc.”, the citizens of Alaska have a vested interest in how these assets are performing. This briefing is especially critical now as Alaska prepares to meet evolving fiscal realities.

Former Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell will moderate the program. Guest speakers include Corri Feige, Commissioner of Natural Resources, Lucinda Mahoney, Commissioner of Revenue; Jim Johnsen, President of the University of Alaska; and Tom Boutin, CEO and Executive Director of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority.

This signature Commonwealth North program tracks the performance of Alaska’s assets – and asset managers – and is an opportunity for you to review and evaluate the annual progress of our common wealth.   The event is limited to 100 attendees, so registration is required. It’s free for CWN members, $5 for non members. You will receive a password after you register.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information. Please log in at 11:55am. You will also have the option to dial in by phone for audio only.   You will receive a link and phone number to join the meeting after you register.  

Thank you to our program sponsor!

Northrim Bank
Date:
Friday, May 15th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Fiscal Policy Study Group

Nils Andreassen

Executive Director

Alaska Municipal League

Friday, May 15th

8am-9am

Online

On Friday, we will host Nils Andreassen, Executive Director of the Alaska Municipal League and a CWN board member. Nils will discuss the sources of revenue to fund local governments.

This is the first in a series of meetings that will be part of our work to develop a web based tool that will assist Alaskans in better understanding the State’s fiscal challenge.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to Friday’s program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information. Please log in at 7:55am.

Date:
Friday, March 8th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Paying for Future State Services

What Alaskans Have to Say

Friday, May 8th

Online

8am-9am

Pat Pitney's Presentation
Cheryl Frasca's Presentation

On Friday, Commonwealth North will be embarking on a new project for the Fiscal Policy Study Group. We are looking for volunteers to help us organize State revenue information that will be part of an interactive web-based tool that will assist Alaskans in better understanding the State’s fiscal challenge.  If you are interested in being part of this project, please register online and join us Friday!

Pat Pitney, Director of the Legislative Finance Division, will provide an update on state revenues which will serve as a context for the study group’s next project.

About the Project

The state will be facing a dramatic shortfall in revenue available to pay for state services in FY 22. This is because one-time savings, which have propped up spending in recent years, will be depleted. The estimated shortfall is over $1 billion for a flat budget with no increases to cover the cost of inflation.     The choices and trade-offs that will be required to close this gap are expected to impact every Alaskan. To help advance understanding of the challenge, a website will be created that includes an introductory video that explains current state revenue and the seriousness of the state’s fiscal condition; and levels of background information about current and potential revenue sources. Finally, it will also include a “worksheet” from which Alaskans will select options and learn what it will take to fill the revenue shortfall.   The choices made by Alaskans on the worksheets will be reported back to CWN and compiled for a report to elected officials.   At the May 8 Study Group meeting, we will talk about the project and create small work groups to start the data collection.     Sign up and be part of engaging Alaskans in the choices that lie ahead!   The event is free of charge but limited to 100 people. Registration is required. You will receive your password by email after you register.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to Friday’s program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information. Please log in at 7:55am.

Date:
Friday, April 3rd
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Fiscal Policy Study Group

7th Inning Stretch – The game goes on rain or shine…

Representative Jennifer Johnston

Co-Chair, House Finance Committee

Online via Zoom or by phone

Friday, April 3rd

8am-9am

Download the PowerPoint here.

On Friday, we will host Representative Jennifer Johnston to give us a recap of the legislative session focused on the budget that was passed over the weekend.

The event is free of charge but limited to 100 people. Registration is required. You will receive your password by email after you register.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link below. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to Friday’s program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information. Please log in at 7:55am.

Date:
Friday, April 3rd
Time:
Noon-1pm
Location:
Online
Energy Action Coalition

Global Oil Market Update

Larry Persily
Oil and Gas Columnist

Friday, April 3
Noon-1pm

Online via Zoom or Phone
Registration Required

Download the PowerPoint here.

Larry Persily will join us to discuss the changing global oil markets and what they could mean for Alaska. Larry is a longtime Alaska journalist, who has served in state, local and federal government positions related to oil and gas and taxes. He is currently an oil and gas columnist for the Alaska Journal of Commerce and serves as the Atwood chair of journalism at UAA.

The program is free but we are limited to 100 people so registration is required. You will receive a link and password after you register. You will also receive a phone number for the option to connect with audio only.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link below. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to Friday’s program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information. Please log in at11:55am.

Date:
Wednesday, April 1st
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Online

How Permanent is Permanent?

Wednesday, April 1st

Noon-1pm

Online via Zoom or by phone

Watch the video online

Join Commonwealth North online for a spirited debate about the future of the Permanent Fund. Ralph Townsend, Director of UAA’s Institute for Social and Economic Research, and Craig Richards, Chair of the Permanent Fund Board of Trustees, will debate the best way to manage the Permanent Fund to ensure its sustainability for future Alaskans.

You will get to vote for the most convincing argument to determine the winner.

We will be hosting the event with the online videoconference program Zoom so you can join us by video from computer, tablet, or smartphone. You also have the option to dial in by phone.

The event is limited to 100 so registration is required. It’s free for CWN members, $5 for non members. 

Date:
Friday, March 27th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Fiscal Policy Study Group

State Revenue Forecast

Pat Pitney

Director, Legislative Finance Division

Online via Zoom or by phone

Friday, March 27th

8am-9am

Download the PowerPoint presentation here.

On Friday, we will host Legislative Finance Director Pat Pitney to give us an update on the State’s revenue forecast in light of the rapidly changing global economic situation. The meeting will be hosted online via the teleconferencing program Zoom.

The event is free of charge but limited to 100 people. Registration is required. You will receive your password by email after you register.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link below. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to Friday’s program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information. Please log in at 7:55am.  

Join Zoom on Friday Click this link to join
Meeting ID: 635 399 898

To dial by phone for audio only
1 (669) 900-6833, then 635399898#
Meeting ID: 635 399 898 #

Fiscal Policy Study Group

Legislative Update with Tim Bradner

Online via Zoom or by phone

Friday, March 20th

8am-9am

Due to the impacts of Covid-19 on our lives and our economy, it is more important than ever for Alaskans to be well informed and to communicate with one another about public policy issues. Commonwealth North will be continuing our mission to educate Alaskans about the critical issues facing our state and identifying effective solutions. In the near term however, we will be migrating many of our meetings to Zoom, a popular online video-conference service. On Friday, we will host Alaska journalist Tim Bradner to give us the latest news from the legislative session and the policy issues now being debated in Juneau.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link below. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to Friday’s program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Join Zoom on Friday at 8am
https://zoom.us/j/894285477
Meeting ID: 894 285 477

To dial by phone for audio only
1 (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 894 285 477 #