Alaska Information

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State Information

The Alaska state budget is administered by the Division of Finance, which is part of the state's Department of Administration. The fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30, with year-end accruals made through August.

In the first week of February 2008, the Division of Finance created a new website, the Alaska Checkbook Online, that discloses some aspects of the Alaska state government's spending practices on an ongoing basis, similar to having a checkbook register online.[1]

The original sponsor of the legislation authorizing the online spending database was Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D - Anchorage).[2]

Alaska Open Government Act

In early 2008, Sens. Wielechowski and Ellis proposed SB 201, known as the Alaska Open Goveernment Act, that would mandate additional information be added to the Alaska Checkbook Online database.[3][4]

Features of Alaska Checkbook Online

  • Payments to vendors and grantees who received at least one payment of $1,000 or more in the current fiscal year through the end of June 2008 are included. (Individual payments of less than $1,000 are not included.)
  • The information provided includes the name and location of the vendor or grantee, the purpose of the payment, and the state agency or department that requested the payment.
  • Twenty-six different types of payments are excluded for confidentiality reasons.[5]

Community funding databases

Alaskans can access two online databases that allow users to search state grants, revenue sharing, and capital project funding given to Alaskan cities and towns. The Community Funding Database provides information on the year, grant type, recipient, project description and status, award amount, disbursement information, and staff contact for each entry.[6]

The Capital Projects Database contains descriptions, funding levels, and status for over 16,000 capital projects in Alaska communities.[7]

State budget over time

Year Expenditures Increase/decrease
2006-2007 $6.777 billion[8] + 3.49%
2005-2006 $6.215 billion[9][10] + 3.79%
2004-2005 $5.529 billion[11]
2003-2004 $5.418 billion[12]
2002-2003 $5.582 billion[13]
2001-2002 $5.184 billion[14]
2000-2001 $3.757 billion[15]
1999-2000 $3.553 billion[16]
1998-1999 $3.425 billion[17] 4.28%
1997-1998 $3.295 billion[18] -

External links

References

  1. National Public Radio, http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18764744, February 7, 2008
  2. SitNews, New Legislation Would Open The State's Checkbook to Public Scrutiny, January 7, 2008
  3. Text of SB 201
  4. Americans for Tax Reform letter endorsing SB 201, dated February 20, 2008
  5. Payment systems excluded based on confidentiality analysis
  6. Grants: Community Funding Database
  7. Capital Funding: Capital Projects Database
  8. Alaska Department of Finance budget report for 2004-2005
  9. U.S. Census expenditure details for Alaska state government, 2005-2006
  10. Alaska Department of Finance budget report for 2005-2006
  11. Alaska Department of Finance budget report for 2004-2005
  12. Alaska Department of Finance budget report for 2003-2004
  13. Alaska Department of Finance budget report for 2002-2003
  14. Alaska Department of Finance budget report for 2001-2002
  15. Alaska Department of Finance budget report for 2000-2001
  16. Alaska Department of Finance budget report for 1999-2000
  17. Alaska Department of Finance budget report for 1998-1999
  18. Alaska Department of Finance budget report for 1997-1998