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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Amid recall effort, lingering budget problems and pandemic, Alaska Gov. Dunleavy will seek re-election

Dunleavy disclosed his bid in an interview Thursday with Alaska Public Media, saying he will run for governor again alongside his lieutenant governor, Kevin Meyer.

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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 used to lead the nation in COVID-19 vaccinations. Six months in, the state has fallen behind.

This spring, Alaska was hailed as a vaccination success story — shipping doses via plane, snowmachine and boat to remote corners of the vast state. But it has gradually fallen from first place to the middle of the pack in the six months since the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived here in mid-December.

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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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