Professor Gunnar Knapp breaks down his Alaska Fiscal Model for Commonwealth North's Fiscal Action Coalition

Recent reports suggest Alaska job losses are slowing but the recession isn’t over. Given these factors, when’s the last time you spoke to elected officials and offered your solutions for a state budgetary fix? Consider doing so today.


A pair of new reports from the University of Alaska Anchorage indicate job losses are slowing but Alaska’s recession might not be over and current state spending levels might not be out of line when other factors are considered.

Happy Presidents' Day, Alaska.

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Want to learn more about the growth potential of a variety of economic sectors in Alaska and strategies for growth?

Check out the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development (CED) and and the State of Alaska Division of Economic Development’s Emerging Sector Series.


Alaska’s Emerging Sectors Report Series

Happy Valentine’s Day, Alaska.

What would you most love to see happen in the state to help strengthen its economic future?

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For more than four years, Alaska lawmakers have been asking themselves what role the Alaska Permanent Fund should play in helping fill the state’s budget deficit.

As the debate continues in Juneau, what’s your specific message to senators and representatives?


Alaska Senate and business leaders say that converting the Permanent Fund into an endowment to help pay for government would fix most of Alaska's deficit problem.

One week from tonight, Commonwealth North hosts its Presidents’ Day Dinner and Annual Meeting. Alaska’s congressional delegation (Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Dan Sullivan and Don Young) are set to speak about the USFWS Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other projects that could be economy boosters for Alaska.


Presidents' Day Dinner and Annual Meeting at The Petroleum Club of Anchorage on Mon Feb 19 2018, 6:00pm AKST: Presidents' Day Dinner and Annual...

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) took a deep dive into the way state government spends money and how it compares to other parts of the country. With big decisions facing #AKLeg, what’s your take on state spending?


A new paper by ISER researchers Mouhcine Guettabi, Trang Tran, and Linda Leask aims to give some context to to the ongoing debate about how much Alaska’s state government should be spending, as it faces big budget deficits. The paper look at state spending in several ways.

Today we celebrate National #GirlsAndWomenInSportsDay as we near the start of the Winter Olympics and all the Alaska-based athletes soon to compete on the world stage. Besides helping to establish healthy, active lifestyles, participation in sports builds confidence, leadership skills and the ability to work with a team.

How might healthy living connect to the financial and economic strength of your friends, neighbors and communities?

NGWSD ’18: Play Fair, Play IX! Since 1987, the Women’s Sports Foundation has traveled to our nation’s capital to advocate and celebrate women and girls in sports. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of National Girls & Women in Sports Day. On Feb. 7, 2018, and throughout the year, join us in ...

UAA: University of Alaska Anchorage officials have launched the President’s Innovation Challenge in hopes of helping find solutions for problems like unemployment and other business-oriented issues. Find out how you can get involved.

University of Alaska President's Innovation Challenge

According to the Council for Community & Economic Research, the cost of living in Alaska is exceeded by only three states (Hawaii, California and New York) and the District of Columbia.

How should information like this shape the budgetary decisions facing #AKLeg?


the most reliable source of city-to-city comparisons of key consumer costs available anywhere

Did you participate in the Alaska Senate Majority's latest web poll asking about pressing issues facing the legislature during its time in the Alaska State Capitol?

The results are in.

What do they tell you and what will you tell your senator to now do to move the state forward?

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Up to the minute results from the Alaska Senate 2018 statewide webpoll

Are you confused about the best way to pitch your entrepreneurial ideas? Visit with 1 Million Cups Anchorage every Wednesday morning from anywhere around the state to learn more about how it’s done.

You can also apply to present business ideas to like-minded colleagues.

An event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Anchorage. The coffee is highly encouraged.

In recent years, local sales taxes have reportedly raised more than $350 million for Alaska cities and boroughs. Today, Alaska Public Media's “Talk of Alaska” breaks down local sales taxes amid contested debates throughout the state about raising them to help pay for programs and services.

What do you think should happen? Call in and join the conversation.


About 100 cities and boroughs in Alaska levy a sales tax. Many also levy taxes on hotel accommodations, alcohol, tobacco, commercial fish harvests, car rentals and more. Combined, the taxes raised over $350 million for cities and boroughs in 2016. Join us as we discuss local taxes -- and the local d...

University of Alaska community members, faculty, staff, and students have until Friday, Feb. 9 to apply for the Lean Launch Workshop, which teach participants how to take university research and other great business ideas from concept to commercialization.

The workshop is scheduled for March 12-14 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Presented by the UAF Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization

The Alaska Small Business Development Center will make results of its annual report available during the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce's “Make it Monday” forum. Discussion will also focus on the future impact of small business on the state’s economy.

What do you hope to hear and learn?


Get a better understanding of state spending Friday morning when the Office of Management & Budget's Pat Pitney once again joins Commonwealth North's Fiscal Policy Study group.

How do you think state spending today compares to five years ago?


Commonwealth North is Alaska's premier non-partisan public policy forum. Join us to learn more about critical policy issues facing Alaska.