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Gambling with the State's Fiscal Future: Can Alaskans Afford the Odds?



Mark your calendars for these excellent upcoming Commonwealth North Programs. For more information about us or our programs please visit our website at www.commonwealthnorth.org.

Gambling with the State's Fiscal Future: Can Alaskans Afford the Odds?

Wednesday, October 26
Dena'ina Center, 12-1pm
FORUM: Members Free, Guest $30

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Click to EditClick to EditClick to EditAlaska's Fiscal Future must be planned through a partnership with the Legislature, Governor, and civic organizations. A forward looking fiscal policy is too often trumped by talk of gambling away our resources. Commonwealth North and Alaska's public policy leaders have been working for years to define a vision for Alaska's fiscal future - but you need to be a part of the discussion. What will it take in financial and human resources - given the impact of declining oil production on state revenues and the time required to First Gas - to get us where we want to go?

On Wednesday, October 26 from 12-1 at the Dena'ina Center, Commonwealth North will host Senator Ellis, Senate Rules Chair and Senate Finance Committee member, and Representative Fairclough, Co-chair of the House Subcommittee on Fiscal Policy and House Finance Committee member, who will speak to what they are doing in Juneau to chart a course that will provide long-term financial security for both the public and private sectors. They will address the state's fiscal future - their vision, their critical issues, and their opinions on what the state should do now and in the future. Cheryl Frasca, Director of the Municipality of Anchorage Office of Management and Budget and Co-chair of the CWN Fiscal Policy Action Coalition, will also be presenting Commonwealth North's State Fiscal Policy recommendations and underlining the need to develop a long range fiscal strategy for Alaska.

Alaska's economy is at a crossroads. Nearly 90% of the state's revenues come from oil production that is declining every year. At the same time, in recent years state spending has increased dramatically. The health of Alaska's economy rests on the stability of the state's finances. Alaska needs a comprehensive fiscal strategy that looks into the future so that strategic decisions can be made today.

CWN 2007 Fiscal Report: At A Crossroad: The Permanent Fund, Alaskans and Alaska's Future

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CWN Annual Legislator Meet and Greet

Wednesday, December 14
Captain Cook Hotel, 12-1:30pm
FORUM: Members Free, Guest $30

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Click to EditClick to EditCommonwealth North invites you to participate in our annual meet and greet program with our Alaska State Legislators. Speaker of the House Mike Chenault and Senate President Gary Stevens will speak on the big issues facing the state in the upcoming legislative session. Then, in table discussions with legislators, you can discuss your goals and insights into those issues.

As we approach a new legislative session in January, Alaskans are facing a number of important issues. Our Alaska State Legislators are being asked to make important public policy decisions that will affect Alaskans for years to come on gas line issues, health care, fiscal policy and much more.

This is not a campaign, political debate, or cross-examination. It is an opportunity to truly discuss key issues with fellow well-informed, thoughtful Alaskans.

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CWN Annual Assets Review

Wednesday, January 11
Dena'ina Center, 12-1:30pm
FORUM: Members Free, Guests $30

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As shareholders in "Alaska Inc." the citizens of Alaska need to be informed about how the assets of their company are performing. What do we have? How are the assets being managed? Are the assets performing as well as they could be? Do changes need to be made?

Commonwealth North will hold an annual review to report on value, income, and prospects of Alaska's key assets. A panel of the State's major asset managers have been asked to identify what criteria they should be judged upon and to identify emerging public policy issues related to the assets under their responsibility.

Ultimately, the program will serve to track performance of assets - and asset managers - against other metrics and an opportunity for you to review and evaluate the annual progress of our common wealth. This will also be the Commonwealth North's Annual membership meeting and will include the distribution of the annual report and the announcement of election results.

2010 Annual Assets Review PowerPoint

CWN 2004 Assets Report: Putting Alaska's Assets to Work for Alaskans

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CWN Rural & Alternative Energy Report Release

Wednesday, February 1
Dena'ina Center, 12-1
FORUM: Members Free, Guests $30

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Click to EditClick to EditCommonwealth North undertook this study chaired by Meera Kohler and Ethan Schutt to develop an understanding of the current state of energy production, transportation and consumption in rural Alaska and to examine efforts underway to develop long-term, viable, cost-effective solutions to those challenges. Alaskan communities are falling off the map while "energy refugees" are being created across rural Alaska. This report clarifies the energy challenges that exist outside the "Railbelt" and offers policy recommendations to ensure long-range energy stability for rural Alaska.

Commonwealth North has been leading an effort to identify and study challenges and opportunities in Alaska's energy future in order to bring informed Alaskans to the table and recommend solutions that will benefit all Alaskans. The Rural and Alternative Energy study is a continuation of this effort which began with the report "Energy for a Sustainable Alaska, the Railbelt Predicament" published March 2010.

CWN Rural & Alternative Energy Study Group Page

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