There is no amount of money that will ever satiate government bureaucracy. In fact, the larger it grows the more it demands.
This is playing out in Alaska’s Senate as you read. The Senate Majority caucus – comprised of nine Democrats and eight Republicans – is slow rolling a plan (Senate Bill 52) to slash Alaskan’s annual PFD check by two-thirds in order to balloon the public education budget by more than $250 million.
That’s right. Left leaning lawmakers in the upper chamber want to dump record piles of money into a miserably failing public school system with no strings attached. Those who will pay the cost are every single Alaskan who relies on the annual PFD to help with groceries, housing costs, educational fees, clothing and other essentials.
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If the Senate has its way a household of four will see a $10,000 decrease in their PFD payment (dropping from $3,800 to a mere $1,300 per person). That will allow the state to flood its government run education system while paying down its debt.
This was the inevitable result the moment former Gov. Bill Walker decided to ditch the statutory PFD formula in 2016, and redistribute the money as government sees best.
The fact of the matter is that these public representatives believe they can spend your money more wisely than you.
If you’ve got issues with Senate Bill 52, give your representatives an earful. Click the following links to contact members of the House or Senate.
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