Classic Case - The Alaska Railroad:  1984

The Alaska Railroad: 1984


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    For years, Alaskans have debated the pros and cons of taking over the Alaska Railroad from the federal government. With the passage of the Alaska Railroad Transfer Act of 1982, however, the debate assumed added importance. In the act, Congress found that while continuation of the Alaska Railroad was necessary to achieve federal, state and private objectives, continued federal control and financial support were no longer required. Congress also found that because the Alaska Railroad primarily benefited Alaska residents and businesses, the federal government should offer to sell the railroad to the State of Alaska. This case details the federal government's decision to sell the Alaska Railroad and ends in 1984 with Alaska Governor Bill Sheffield poised to decide whether the state should accept the offer.

    Learning Objective:
    This case raises issues of valuation in public agencies, including Indian land claims, oil revenues, and operating subsidies.

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    Publication Date: January 01, 1987
    HKS Case Number: 750.0
    Case Author: John Strong
    Faculty Lead: John Strong
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 11
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    Funding Source: Center for Business and Government at the Kennedy School
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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