What to know about Biden’s 3 COVID vaccine mandates

Alaska is among more than two dozen Republican-led states that filed lawsuits Friday to challenge the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large employers.

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Alaska PFD payout remains up in the air as special session grinds on

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday aimed at funding permanent fund dividends at $1,100. But the final amount isn’t clear.

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Gov. Dunleavy’s per diem veto over PFD situation raises concerns for Legislature

The Legislature passed a budget that included roughly $2 million to pay for the food and housing needs of lawmakers and their families attending the session. But Dunleavy said it doesn’t make sense for legislators to receive the money until they’ve taken more action on permanent fund dividends. 

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Alaska lawmakers agree on a lot of the budget, but settling on a PFD amount remains a big challenge

The $2,300 PFD amount received support from both conservative and liberal senators. So with the governor on board as well, why isn’t it on a clear path to being adopted?

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Alaska House committee budget plan would provide less relief, save more than Dunleavy proposal

The committee plan released on Friday would free up roughly $410 million by using American Rescue Plan Act funds to replace state revenue. That money could be spent on permanent fund dividends; roads and other capital projects; or other items. 

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3 legislative aides test positive for COVID-19, including two contacts of legislator

The Legislature requires that everyone who works in the Capitol — including all legislators, staff members and news reporters — undergo rapid tests for the coronavirus every four or five days. 

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