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Here are some other sources of information about Alaska's state government finances as well as those of other states.

State of Alaska — Legislature

Legislative Finance Division - Information on the current year budget as it is being developed, explanations of the budgeting process, and historical information on budgets from former years.

Alaska Republicans -- Current budget information from a Republican perspective.

Alaska Democrats -- Current budget information from a Democratic perspective.

State of Alaska — Administration

Office of Management and Budget of the Governor - Current budget information from the perspective of the Governor.

Department of Administration - The Annual Financial Report of the Department of Administration provides a comprehensive overview of state finances although it is not a "user friendly" document.

Department of Revenue - Historical, current, and projected revenues can be found in the twice yearly
Revenue Sources Book which also contains very useful analyses of more general fiscal issues.

Department of Community and Economic Development - Local government revenue and expenditure information as well as information on revenue sharing from the state to local governments. Local tax information is published in the annual Alaska Taxable.

Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation - Quarterly and annual reports on the largest state financial asset. For example, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Financial Reports. The corporation also occasionally publishes papers on Alaska fiscal issues.

Other Alaska Corporations

The largest public corporations publish annual reports of their operations. These include the Alaska Railroad Corporation, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, and Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation.

Other Alaska Resources

Fiscal 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.

Alaskans 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.

Alaska 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 government.

Alaska Common Ground is a citizens' group that fosters public dialog on important Alaska public policy issues.

Alaska 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 live.

Commonwealth 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.

Common 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 government.

Independent Publications

Alaska Budget Report, published by ABR Company
Publisher-editor: Rebecca Braun;
Editor-at-large: Gregg Erickson
319 Seward St., Suite 7, Juneau, AK 99801
Phone 907-523-2122
Web site:
Available by subscription

Alaska Legislative Digest, published by Mike and Tim Bradner (349-1045).

U.S. Government

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:

U.S. 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.

U.S. 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.

Health Care Financing Administration - Lots of national and state level statistics and reports on Medicare and Medicaid.

Other National Organizations

Tax 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.

National 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."

Institute 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 policy.

Center 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.

California 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.

National Taxpayers Conference - A network of state-level taxpayer associations.

Cititzens 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:

Washington, 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 state.

National Conference of State Legislatures - Founded in 1975, the National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization dedicated to serving the lawmakers and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths, and territories. [This site has a lot of information and reports but pages seem to be slow to load due to a "menu creation" process and non-internet-optimized images.]
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