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A good read

A commentary today in the Alaska Dispatch News by Randy Hoffbeck and Dr. Scott Goldsmith, “We’ll have to work together to put Alaska’s fiscal house in order,” deserves a read. Hoffbeck is commissioner of Revenue for the state of Alaska, and Goldsmith is professor emeritus in economics at the Institute of Social and Economic Research […]

Sales tax?

We note South Anchorage Assemblyman Bill Evans is planning to propose a 5 percent Anchorage sales tax to diversify the city’s revenue stream. His proposal, the umpteenth such proposal over the years, has a long, uphill trudge. A supermajority of voters – 60 percent – must approve such a tax and it has been tough […]

Word game

You have to love it when unions and their elected lackeys play word games because they are certain the rest of us are stupid. Take, for instance, the Anchorage Education Association members’ vote this week to accept a one-year contract extension to avoid the upcoming fiscal fracas in Juneau where lawmakers are facing a $3.5 […]

Black Friday

Whiles mobs of shoppers around the nation makes fools of themselves looting and pillaging their way through the nation’s stores today, looking for savings in their holiday shopping, we urge you to be careful and get home in one piece. This shopping day, the first after Thanksgiving – even beginning Thanksgiving Day itself – is […]


Let us give thanks on this uniquely American holiday for: A world in which oppressed people strive for life and liberty; A nation where freedom reigns; A city with a prosperous future and bright hopes for its young people; A military that is strong, strengthened by the heart and spirit of young men and women […]

State involvement in gas project a bad idea

As incongruous as it seems, Gov. Bill Walker says he is in charge of the state’s massive Alaska LNG Project, but is not privy to certain information some state commissioners have negotiated on the project because they signed confidentiality agreements – and he has not. The $65 billion project is aimed at moving North Slope natural […]

More taxes, anyone?

It is sadly amusing that of the 50 or so money-saving amendments offered by Assembly members for the city’s proposed operating budget next year – Amy Demboski offered  40 common sense changes herself – that the Berkowitz administration only supported two, and both required spending even more money. One of the suggestions added $5,700 for […]

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