Tag: PFD

  • How to Keep Alaska Red

    How to Keep Alaska Red

    In my last post, I laid out a strategy for turning Alaska blue. It’s only fair for me to construct a strategy for the other side of the political spectrum. The obvious answer is to do the opposite. But there are some points worth discussing. Using the same stereotypes and implications we discussed before, here…

  • How to Turn Alaska Blue

    How to Turn Alaska Blue

    For decades, political pundits have reliably put Alaska’s three electoral votes in the Republican count well before our polls even open. Yet, Alaska has elected several Democratic candidates over the years. The Democratic Party has controlled (with some help) at least one chamber of the state legislature for the last decade. We’ve elected a few…

  • Do Alaskans Really get Paid to Live There?

    Do Alaskans Really get Paid to Live There?

    Whenever I travel to the Lower 48, I usually get asked this question: “Do you really get paid just for living in Alaska?” My answer typically sounds like an economist trying to answer a politician’s question. There’s a lot to unpack for me to give you a full answer, but the bottom line is “kinda.”…

  • Alaska’s Finances Aren’t as Bad as You Think

    Alaska’s Finances Aren’t as Bad as You Think

    If you happen across some information about Alaska’s current financial situation, you probably get the impression that we are in dire straights. When oil prices crashed 77% in late 2014, the State’s oil revenues collapsed – leaving a gaping hole in the budget. By all accounts, we’ve been deficit spending ever since. But that is…

  • The Death of the Permanent Fund Dividend

    The Death of the Permanent Fund Dividend

    Alaska is blessed with natural beauty and natural resources. In many ways, our State is the envy of governments around the world. People from outside spend thousands of dollars to enjoy what we see every day. Meanwhile, we pay no income or sales tax, plus receive a dividend check each year. Unfortunately, that last sentence…

  • Alaska by the Numbers – March 2020

    Alaska by the Numbers – March 2020

    March was a crazy month. It’s almost unbelievable how quickly the world changed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some quick highlights about how Alaska’s finances and economy were impacted by the pandemic. The Stock Market Collapsed March began with the Dow at 26,703. By the end of the month, it was down…

  • The Economic Damage of the Pandemic

    The Economic Damage of the Pandemic

    At this point, you’ve probably heard more about the COVID-19 than you can stand. I feel you. And I don’t want to pile on to the discussion about the disease itself. But, the measures to protect public health will have economic consequences. While doing a full analysis of that economic damage is more work than…

  • Fixing Alaska’s Investment Earnings Paradox

    Fixing Alaska’s Investment Earnings Paradox

    I wrote a piece a few weeks back about how Alaska’s current investment earnings laws don’t work together. They create a paradox in which the budget deficit gets smaller if investment earnings get worse. In the extreme, we could balance the budget by losing $7 billion in the stock market. Because that makes absolutely no…

  • What Will the New Decade Bring for Alaska?

    What Will the New Decade Bring for Alaska?

    If you were on social media at all last week, you probably got your fill of reflections, resolutions, and predictions. Everyone wants to talk about what happened in 2019 and what 2020 will bring. But, we didn’t just turn the calendar this year – we changed decades. So, just for fun, here are some predictions…