Alaska Municipal League
The AML supports the expansion of funding for:
- Alternative energy development, including amendments to the Renewable Energy Fund "as needed".
- Increased funding toward weatherization and home conservation programs.
- Creation of a conservation and fuel efficiency incentive program for utilities.
- Continued Power Cost Equalization (PCE) funding with the expansion to public facilities, municipal facilities and potentially to small businesses.
Full funding of $60 million into the Revenue Sharing Fund and appropriation of the full $60 million from the Revenue Sharing Fund into the FY 2010 budget to the communities.
Continue to fully fund the State’s annual share of the PERS/TRS liability as set forth in SB 125.
- The League supports continued long-term funding of the
education foundation program, school debt reimbursement, and construction and opposes any change in the State’s Foundation Formula that would increase the burden to local government.
- The League supports funding annual incremental increases to provide for inflationary cost increases of health insurance, teacher’s salaries and operating costs.
- Funding for building projects outside of the education foundation formula.
Past issue stances
Alaska Permanent Fund: The permanent fund was originally designed to help Alaska financially as oil revenue diminished. The annual earnings alone from the fund can almost guarantee dividends starting at $1,000 every year and that way provide revenue for schools and local services. The Alaska Municipal League believes the management of the $26 billion Alaska Permanent Fund should be modified so that money is freed up for public services. The state would be able to access 5 percent of the total value of the permanent fund each year.
The municipal league platform supports use of permanent fund money for public services through a community dividend, originally proposed by Governor Walter Hickel. Currently, the state has access only to fund earnings. Most of what doesn't get reinvested in the fund is spent on dividends. The league also wants the state to attach fiscal notes reporting the cost to municipalities of the bills it considers.
Taxes: In 2001, the League supported a state income tax to solve the state's fiscal problems and opposed a sales tax if imposed by the state, believing in municipal control. A year later in 2002, the Alaska Municipal League dropped its call for an income tax, instead supporting the development of additional sources of revenue.  The league's position that sales taxes should stay local remains unchanged.
Support of Sarah Palin
- National League of Cities - State Municipal Leagues
- 2009 Legislative Priorities
- Kenai Peninsula Online, "Alaska Municipal League: Tap permanent fund", November 16, 2003
- Kenai Peninsula Online, "Residents must come together to avert pending financial disaster", February 16, 2004
- Kenai Peninsula Online,"Alaska Municipal League drops call for income tax" November 17, 2002
- "Palin receives praise from municipal league; worries teachers", January 24, 2007
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