• Economic Impacts of the Vetoes on the Alaska Economy

      Guettabi, Mouhcine; Klouda, Nolan (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2019-07-08)
      On June 28, 2019 Governor Mike Dunleavy announced line-item vetoes totaling $409 million from the State of Alaska budget for Fiscal Year 2020. These vetoes include significant cuts to the University of Alaska, Medicaid, payments to local governments, public assistance programs, state personnel headcounts, and numerous other categories. The full consequences of these cuts on the state economy, fiscal health, population, and policy outcomes will take years to develop. In this paper, we provide the short term impacts of the cuts, how they interact with the current state of the economy, and a descriptive outlook of the some of the future effects. We find the cuts will result in more than 4,000 jobs lost in the short run and will therefore return the Alaska economy into recession. While the short term losses represent a considerable negative shock to the economy, the consequences of these cuts on long term development could be even more pronounced.
    • A Manual to Improve Efficiency in Contractor-Supplied Quality Control on Asphalt Heavy Civil Construction Pojects on State of Alaska-Owned Roads

      Robson, Alena (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015-05-01)
      The State of Alaska requires contractors to follow specific quality standards for heavy civil asphalt construction projects. Contractors face financial and scheduling risks if these standards are not addressed effectively and in conformance with necessary criteria. Contractors must complete project work to meet customer requirements and conform to quality standards efficiently and cost effectively. Doing so ensures that the State of Alaska’s quality standards are met and contractors’ financial and schedule targets can be achieved with the most efficient use of scarce resources. Currently, there is an indirect cost savings to the contractor to perform QC in a specific manner because it reduces or in some cases eliminates rework. The desired state is to directly save money by applying efficient quality control methods. This project produced a manual that describes best practices and quality control procedures that can be applied by heavy civil asphalt construction contractors to meet necessary SOA quality standards in a more timely, cost effective and efficient way. The correct application of this manual should result in a savings of 1% on the bid cost per asphalt ton.
    • Overpaid or Underpaid? Public Employee Compensation in the State of Alaska

      Guettabi, Mouhcine; Berman, Matthew (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-07-01)
      Are state workers better paid than their counterparts in private industry? That question is likely to come up more often, as the state deals with a huge budget shortfall. The answer is generally no, but there are exceptions. We analyzed the question in two ways, using different data sources for cash wages but the same assumptions about benefit levels.1 Using two sources helped us better answer the question, and each yielded the same broad conclusion: state workers are not on average paid more. That’s true, whether we consider just wages, or total compensation— wages plus benefits. But there are significant differences in pay and total compensation of public and private workers in individual occupations. We did this research for the Alaska Department of Administration (see back page). Below we summarize our findings, and inside report more details.
    • What are the economic impacts of the vetoes?

      Guettabi, Mouhcine (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2019-07-08)