Let’s get it right this time in dealing with the Alaska Permanent Fund and its Dividend. First the calculation that worked for over 30 years was earnings based. In other words, how much did the Fund earn over the last five years, less the inflation
Alaskans in support of holding a statewide constitutional convention to establish a constitutionally protected Permanent Fund Dividend are holding a series of kick-off rallies on Sept. 20th. Alaska’s Constitution mandates that every 10 years voters be asked
Eligible Alaskans will begin receiving $3,284 this month. That includes a $650 energy relief check that state lawmakers approved earlier this year. The combined amount represents the largest payout in the Permanent Fund Dividend program’s 41-year history.
In a July 26 radio interview on the Tom Anderson Show, former Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, who’s now attempting to reclaim the governor’s seat he lost in 2018, said supports U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and has no problem with the controversial new ranked-choice
Electronic distribution of 2022 Permanent Fund Dividends will begin Sept. 20, about a month ahead of the usual payout in early October. The first checks will go to Alaskans who selected direct deposit on their PFD applications. Those that filed a paper
With the price of oil now hovering around $117 a barrel (as of March 25) and the state coffers flooded with billions in unexpected revenue, an online petition is urging the Alaska Legislature to approve a full, statutory Permanent Fund Dividend payment for
With unexpected oil revenue flooding the state coffers to the tune of a $3.6 billion increased revenue forecast over this year and next year, Gov. Mike Dunleavy is calling on lawmakers in Juneau to issue $3,700 Permanent Fund Dividends to all eligible
Editor’s note: This column is jointly written by Joe Geldhof (a Juneau lawyer and board member of the Permanent Fund Defenders) and Juanita Cassellius (an Eagle River nurse and coordinator for Permanent Fund Defenders). For a long time, significant
In Fiscal Year 2020, the net income of the Alaska Permanent Fund was $1.63 billion while the Percentage of Market Value (POMV) draw was nearly $3 billion, a loss of about $1.3 billion after the draw. That was a shock to me. I’ve always trusted that the body
I keep hearing that the Republicans must compromise in order to gain a fiscal plan for Alaska. Compromise is a virtue in the politically-correct-woke world. I looked at the two issues that are supposedly blocking the enactment of the fiscal plan. First, the
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