Chart of the Week

Brad Keithley’s chart of the week: This year’s budget gimmicks

Brad Keithley   January 21, 2022

In his first budget back in 2019 Governor Mike Dunleavy (R – Alaska) proposed what he called an “honest budget.” As he said then, … for too long, politicians haven’t been honest when it comes to the numbers and the seriousness of our fiscal woes. We’ve seen misleading figures and confusing budget tactics…. Today I’m…

Brad Keithley’s chart of the week: What was Governor Hammond thinking

Brad Keithley   December 17, 2021

Recently, I have been rereading former Governor Jay Hammond’s writings on fiscal policy, particularly the PFD. The most extensive is Diapering the Devil, published...

Brad Keithley’s chart of the week: Who should bear the state’s share of K-12 spending?

Brad Keithley   December 10, 2021

While the Legislature as a whole was largely idle during the fourth special session, the House Ways & Means Committee remained active, holding four...

Brad Keithley’s chart of the week: Why an income tax is better for 80% of Alaska families than PFD cuts

Brad Keithley   December 3, 2021

In our day-to-day discussions about fiscal policy we often refer to a 2017 Anchorage Daily News story, written by then-ADN reporter Nat Herz. Under...

Brad Keithley’s chart of the week: What a distributional analysis tells us about HB 37

Brad Keithley   November 26, 2021

As regular readers of this column know, we believe it's essential to evaluate the distributional and economic impact of new revenue proposals...

Brad Keithley’s chart of the week: Oil revenues aren’t only about oil prices

Brad Keithley   November 19, 2021

Whenever we write a column or post about “traditional” (which are mostly oil) revenues, some will always comment, “but what about production levels?” They...
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