Monthly Archives: March 2011

Winning Wage Justice

An Advocate’s Guide to State & City Policies to Fight Wage Theft

National Employment Law Project’s (NELP’s) new guide offers 28 innovative policy solutions to the growing problem of wage theft in our communities. On Tuesday’s webinar, NELP experts will highlight the best policy ideas from the guide and answer your questions.

Sign up for one of the free webinars:

Download a copy of NELP’s guide, Winning Wage Justice: An Advocate’s Guide to State & City Policies to Fight Wage Theft.

Wisconsin Pension Plan Among Most Secure

The protests in Wisconsin over public workers’ pay, benefits and collective bargaining rights have underscored a dilemma facing many states: the cost of public pensions and how cash-strapped governments should pay for them. But the turmoil overshadows a salient point: Wisconsin may have a budget deficit, but its pension system does not.
Studies show that Wisconsin’s state pension program is one of the most solid in the country and has enough funds to cover the promises made not only to current retirees but to those in the future.

[Directly excerpted from Stateline on March 22, 2011.]

Following the Money 2011

The ability to see how government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy. Transparency in government spending checks corruption, bolsters public confidence, and promotes fiscal responsibility. U.S. PIRG just released, “FOLLOWING THE MONEY 2011: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data,” a report that examines the extent to which states allow citizens to see government spending on subsidies and contracts, and, in effect, whether the state’s checkbook is made open to public scrutiny. The leading states provide information that is highly searchable, and include detailed data about government contracts, tax subsidies and grants to businesses.

Key findings for Alaska:

1)      Received a D- in providing online access to government spending data.

2)      The cost to create a transparency website for Alaska is $15,000-$25,000 from the existing budget.

3)      Considered an “emerging” state in making progress toward transparency.

[Download the U.S. PIRG report.]


Speaking Out! We reject cuts to our children’s future!

Congress is now debating deep cuts to discretionary spending, where most child services draw their funding. While Congress may think of this spending as “discretionary,” we think that child care, early education, nutrition, and other nurturing is mandatory for every child in America.

Among the proposed cuts is a $1 billion slash to Head Start, which could take away quality care for more than 218,000 children. Other federal cuts could mean as many as 150,000 families losing child care assistance. In all, there is more than $60 billion in cuts being discussed, many of them targeting families.

This is not how to help families still struggling from the recession. These families need new investments badly right now: one in five children lives in poverty; nearly one in four lives at risk of hunger; and one in three is overweight or obese. Read the rest of this entry

April 28-29 Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference

Held annually, the Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference brings together researchers, project developers, business, civic and government leaders from around the state, nation and the world in a strategic and educational forum to share information and ideas for moving Alaska toward a sustainable energy future.

The conference is structured as a two-day event with one day focused on Energy Efficiency and the other on Renewable Energy. It also features an exhibitor hall open to the public.

UPDATE: Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will be our Keynote Speaker April 29. For a list of other confirmed speakers, see our Agenda page.

April 28-29, 2011 • Dena’ina Center • Anchorage, AK

Registration Now Open! Register by April 8 and Save!