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Fiscal Action Coalition w/ Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck, Department of Revenue and Alaska journalist, Tim Bradner.

Friday, April 21st

7:30am-8:30am

Commissioner Hoffbeck discussed the State’s fiscal challenges, budget reductions, and new revenue options.  Alaska Journalist, Tim Bradner, Editor of Alaska, Inc. magazine gave us the latest news from the legislative session in Juneau.

State Health Care Costs with Commissioner Sheldon Fisher

Friday, April 14th

7:30am-8:30am

ACS Business Technology Center on 36th Ave.

Department of Administration Commissioner, Sheldon Fisher, briefed the Fiscal Action Coalition about steps the State is taking to reduce the cost of health care. He also discussed a Health Care Authority Feasibility Study that is due to be presented to the Legislature later this year.

His PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded by clicking here

 

Date:
Wednesday, January 25th
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
The Petroleum Club 3301 C St

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 presentations from policy leaders and to identify specific recommendations to reduce state spending.  It is an update to the report we released in 2015.

 

Thank you to Lynden for sponsoring this luncheon!

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Legislative Update with Senator MacKinnon and Tim Bradner

Friday, April 7th

7:30am-8:30am

ACS Business Technology Center on 36th Ave.

Senator Anna MacKinnon, Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair, gave us a legislative update by phone from Juneau.  Also, Tim Bradner called in with an update on the latest news from the legislative session.

ACS Business Technology Center, 600 E 36th Ave., located between Old Seward and Denali on 36th.

(click here for Google Map).

 

Senator Anna MacKinnon is Co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, chairs the Departments of Law and Revenue Budget Subcommittees, and is a member of the Department of Administration, Governor, Legislature, and University Budget Subcommittees.

She is Vice-chair of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee and is a member of the Joint Armed Services Committee, Legislative Council, and Community & Regional Affairs Committee.

 

Tim Bradner is the editor of Alaska Inc. magazine and has been writing about Alaska natural resources projects since 1966. He was a lobbyist before the state Legislature for BP and Standard Oil of Ohio from 1972 to 1984, when he left to attend graduate school. Since returning to Alaska in 1986, Tim has worked with his brother Mike on Legislative Digest and its sister publication, Alaska Economic Report, as well as writing for other publications, such as the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

 

 

 

On March 31st, Professor Ralph Townsend, Director of UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), presented an economist’s perspective of key principles that should be considered in developing tax policy.  As the Legislature continues to struggle to address the state’s revenue and spending challenges, it is discussing how individual taxation could be part of the solution.  The purpose of Friday’s meeting was to inform our members and discuss various considerations in tax policy-making.  We plan to continue this discussion with other guest speakers in the weeks to come.

 

Professor Townsend’s presentation can be downloaded by clicking here.


Guiding Principles and Choices in Effective Tax Policy

Professor Ralph Townsend, Director of UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research

Friday, March 31st, ACS Business Technology Center (600 E 36th Ave.)

7:30am – 8:30am

No registration necessary

 

ACS Business Technology Center, 600 E 36th Ave., located between Old Seward and Denali on 36th.

(click here for Google Map).

On Friday, March 24th, Alaska journalist Tim Bradner joined again us for an update on the latest news from the legislative session in Juneau. Our next update with the Bradners will be on Friday, April 7th, 7:30am-8:30am at the ACS Business Technology Center (600 E 36th Ave.).

ACS Business Technology Center, 600 E 36th Ave., located between Old Seward and Denali on 36th.

(click here for Google Map).

Mike Bradner is a former Speaker of the House (1975-76) and 10-year member of the State House of Representatives (1966-1976) representing Fairbanks. Since 1976 Mike has published Legislative Digest and done consulting work. During his legislature tenure Mike was instrumental in development of state and local revenue-sharing, state petroleum tax and pipeline regulation policy developed in the 1970s, and the Alaska Permanent Fund, created in 1976 when Mike was Speaker of the House.

 

Tim Bradner is the editor of Alaska Inc. magazine and has been writing about Alaska natural resources projects since 1966. He was a lobbyist before the state Legislature for BP and Standard Oil of Ohio from 1972 to 1984, when he left to attend graduate school. Since returning to Alaska in 1986, Tim has worked with his brother Mike on Legislative Digest and its sister publication, Alaska Economic Report, as well as writing for other publications, such as the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

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 of the Alaska Health Care Commission.  Ross Bieling has worked for the U.S. Surgical Corporation and directed a state of the art cost containment company through a competitive bidding program.

Download PPT here:031717 FAC David Morgan Ross Bieling

Download the handouts here: 031717 FAC Morgan Bieling Handouts

Note our new meeting location in mid-town!

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E 36th Ave

Click here for Google Map

On Friday, March 10th, Alaska journalist Tim Bradner gave us an update on the latest developments from the legislative session in Juneau.  Then, Bruce Tangeman, Policy Director for the Senate Majority,  presented the the Senate Majority’s fiscal solution.  You can download his PowerPoint presentation at the link below.

031017 FAC Tangeman

February 28, 2017

March 3rd: Fiscal Action Coalition


Topics: Fiscal

On Friday, March 3rd, Alan Mitchell, Founder and President of Analysis North, gave a presentation and demonstration of his new online tool which models five budget proposals now being debated in Juneau.  It also models how changes in the size of the Permanent Fund Dividend could impact the state deficit and other economic statistics. Alan’s tool can be downloaded on Alaska’s Future website here.  The model also compares the potential impacts of several proposals being debated in the Legislature.

Join CWN’s Fiscal Action Coalition this Friday, February 17th, 7:30am-8:30am, at Morris Communications (301 Arctic Slope Ave.). Senator Mike Dunleavy and Senator Natasha von Imhof will give us legislative updates from Juneau.  This is a great opportunity for us to hear directly from legislators the latest developments and key legislation now being considered in Juneau.

Morris Communications Building, 301 Arctic Slope Ave., located North of the Dimond Costco off of King’s Street.

(click here for Google Map).

On January 31st, our Fiscal Action Coalition had a briefing from Scott Goldsmith, Professor Emeritus of Economics at ISER.  He presented 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.

Click here to download his presentation.



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