To the editor: True Alaskans live in this wonderful state because of the people and the cultures, among other reasons, but the majority do not base their love of Alaska on the permanent fund dividend alone.
The dividend is a sum of money that is crucial to some families and a bonus to others. Some households are able to give the amount of their dividend and more to charitable organizations that provide services that supplement what the state government is efficiently set up to provide. But these donations could not possibly replace the government services. The households who depend on a dividend could not possibly cover what they would lose with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s vetoes.
I ask legislators to carefully consider their next campaign for their current seat in the Legislature and understand the importance of the current voting that pertains to the capital budget, the annual “reverse sweep” of funds back into designated fund amounts, and to make sure that we limit ourselves to an affordable amount for the permanent fund dividend.
If the Senate can do it, so can the House. They should give it their best effort.