Constitutional amendment proposals
Enhancing the University of Alaska’s Land Grant
Thursday, April 25th
The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
3301 C Street
CWN is pleased to host University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen to discuss the University’s land grant and its role in the University’s overall funding. Land grant universities across the United States have been recipients of federal lands in order to enhance their ability to obtain a sustainable funding stream. President Johnsen will explain why the University of Alaska’s land grant is the second-smallest in the United States, and what steps the University is taking to advocate for additional acreage to enhance its ability to support education. Earnings from the University’s Land Grant Trust Fund are used to fund, among other things, the Alaska Scholars Program which awards an $11,000 scholarship to the top ten percent of the graduates from every Alaska high school each year.
University Lands Background
Under federal laws enacted in 1915 and 1929, the University of Alaska was entitled to receive approximately 360,000 acres of public land in Alaska. Due in large part to the inability of the Federal Government to expeditiously survey Alaska, only 3% of the 1915 land grant had been conveyed when the Statehood Act of 1959 repealed the law. As a result, the University never received the remainder of its entitlement. Consequently, the largest state in the U.S. has received a smaller land grant for higher education than any other state except Delaware and Hawaii (which received no federal land at all). Today, the University owns approximately 145,000 acres of land. These lands include federal grant lands, other lands acquired from local, state or federal governments for restricted educational purposes, purchased lands, and lands donated to the University.
CWN Energy Action Coalition
Friday, April 5th
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
500 W 36th Avenue
Join us Friday when we will host Curtis Thayer, Executive Director of the Alaska Energy Authority, to discuss AEA’s current projects and outlook for 2019.
BP Energy Center
1014 Energy Court
Topics: Events Healthcare
Overcharged: Why Americans Pay Too Much for Health Care
Thursday, March 21st
The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
3301 C St.
CWN is pleased to host the authors of, Overcharged : Why Americans Pay Too Much for Health Care.
They argue that in order to make health care better and cheaper for all Americans, we need to change the way we pay for medical services. Our system costs too much and delivers too little because we pay for health care the wrong way. Instead of routing dollars through insurers, employers, public payers like Medicare and Medicaid, and politicians, consumers must control the money. Health care will get better and cheaper as consumers exert pressure from below—and consumers can do so only if they control the money.
Overcharged maintains that:
- Drug companies manipulate payment systems and the drug approval process, while politicians are surprised that drug companies act like monopolists.
- The rise of third-party payment—including Medicare, Medicaid, and government-regulated private insurance—has disabled the restraints consumers would normally impose on health care spending. Indeed, third-party payment inflates prices so much that the patient’s cost- sharing can exceed the cash price for some pharmaceuticals.
- Our politicized third-party payment system creates bad incentives.
- The health care sector will become more efficient and pro-consumer only when it is subjected to the competitive forces that apply to the rest of the economy.
About the authors:
Charles Silver, MA, JD, is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and holds the Roy W. and Eugenia C. McDonald Endowed Chair in Civil Procedure at the University of Texas School of Law, where he teaches about civil litigation, health care policy, legal ethics, and insurance.
His writings on class actions and other aggregate proceedings, litigation finance, medical malpractice, and legal and medical ethics have appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals and law reviews. In 2009, the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association awarded him the Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award for outstanding scholarship on tort and insurance law.
David A. Hyman, MD, JD, is a Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He focuses his research and writing on the regulation and financing of health care, and on empirical law and economics. He teaches or has taught health care regulation, civil procedure, insurance, medical malpractice, law & economics, professional responsibility, consumer protection, and tax policy.
While serving as Special Counsel to the Federal Trade Commission, Professor Hyman was principal author and project leader for the first joint report ever issued by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, Improving Health Care: A Dose of Competition (2004).