Policy Council of Alaska - Through independent research and
policy analysis, FPCA informs Alaskans and key government decision-makers
about spending and revenue issues. The Fiscal Policy Council publishes
a bi-monthly (during the Legislative Session) newsletter, Fiscal
Sense. Back issues can be viewed online.
United - The Alaskans United is a non-profit citizens' group
dedicated to prudent government spending and solving the fiscal
gap. It has recently published a Citizen's Information Kit.
Municipal League -The Alaska Municipal League (AML) is a voluntary,
nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of cities, boroughs, and unified
municipalities in Alaska that works to improve and assist local
is a citizens' group that fosters public dialog on important Alaska
public policy issues.
Humanities Forum - The Alaska Humanities Forum's goal is to
enrich the civic, intellectual, and cultural life of all Alaskans.
They are currently promoting and managing an Urban-Rural Youth
Exchange Program, an Anchorage Leadership program, Alaska 20/20,
a Speakers Bureau, and grants. The Alaska Humanities Forum has
innovative programs that should make Alaska a better place to
North - Commonwealth North provides an educational forum where
opinion leaders and activists in Alaska can gather to review public
policy issues and topics affecting the state. Commonwealth North
is a non-partisan organization where cultural and professional
diversity is welcomed. Monthly forums are held to hear from renowned
speakers on a wide variety of stimulating and controversial subjects.
Sense for Alaska - Common Sense is committed to informing
and educating the public on state fiscal matters. They strive
for prudent state spending and believe that private-sector growth
can be achieved best when investment capital is left in the hands
of Alaska's private sector, not when it's recycled through state
Alaska Budget Report, published by ABR Company
Publisher-editor: Rebecca Braun;
Editor-at-large: Gregg Erickson
319 Seward St., Suite 7, Juneau, AK 99801
Web site: akbudgetreport.com
Available by subscription
Legislative Digest, published by Mike and Tim Bradner (349-1045).
The federal government
publishes a wealth of information about state and local finances.
Care must be taken in using this information—definitions
of variables are sometimes not what they seem, and often the
information is based on a sample that results in the Alaska
data representing Anchorage, but not the rest of the state.
Some of the most useful sources are the following:
Census Bureau - Federal,
State, and Local Governments, State Government Finances
- State and local government finances in great detail.
This is the main source for comparing how Alaska is doing
with the rest of the United States.
Treasury, IRS - Highlights
of IRS tax statistics.
- Comparative data on the personal income tax, the corporate
income tax, and other taxes collected by the federal government.
Foundation - State Finance Data - Visit the Tax Foundation's
State Finance Data web page to compare how Alaska's "tax
burden" stacks up against the other states or compare the
rate of growth of taxes to personal income, state by state. http://www.taxfoundation.org/statefinance.html
Association of State Budget Officers - Information about NASBO
as well as links to reports including "Budget Shortfalls
in Most States," "The Fiscal Survey of States,"
and "2000 State Expenditure Report." http://www.nasbo.org/
on Taxation and Economic Policy - The Institute on Taxation
and Economic Policy (ITEP) is a non-profit, non-partisan research
and education organization that works on government taxation and
spending policy issues. Its mission is to keep policymakers and
the public informed of the effects of current and proposed tax
policies on tax fairness, government budgets, and sound economic
on Budget and Policy Priorities - The Center on Budget
and Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan research organization and
policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range
of government policies and programs with an emphasis on those
affecting low- and moderate-income people.
Budget Project - The California Budget Project (CBP)
engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education
with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic
and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians.
- Governing is a monthly magazine aimed at state and
local government officials including governors, legislators, mayors,
city managers, council members, and others. This web site has
information about this magazine as well as "searchable"
back issues and other information useful to government officials.
Taxpayers Conference - A network of state-level taxpayer
for Tax Justice - Citizens for Tax Justice is a nonpartisan,
nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to fair
taxation at the federal, state, and local levels. Their reports
and analysis are available at:
D.C., Office of the Chief Financial Officer -"Tax
Rates and Tax Burdens" - An annual publication produced
by the District of Columbia Office of Research and Analysis contains
information on relative tax burdens in the largest city in every