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Letter to the Editor

Don’t reduce the dividend

To the editor: Limiting the PFD to $1,600 and keeping the remainder of the $3,000 is bad, bad, bad. This is like the parent taking back the allowance from the child because it’s easy and accessible money instead of budgeting like a responsible parent. Then, 10 years down the road, when that child wants to use that money for college, it’s all gone. Whose problem is that? The parent that didn’t budget properly or the child who thought he/she had money in the bank? If the child wants more allowance, the parent would tell them to seek a different source of income.

Adam Wool and Bart LeBon stated that if Governor Dunleavy doesn’t accept the $1,600 there would be no PFD and they’d have to go back for a third special session. That’s what they were suppose to be doing in the regular session. Instead, they conducted public meetings all over the state to hear from the constituents. Why are they asking us to do what we elected them to do? Who paid for these hearings, their transportation, the meeting spaces? Who pays for all these special sessions? The transportation back and forth, the per diem? The extra money spent on these boondoggles probably amounts to a full PFD for each Alaskan.

We’ve had record tourism. We have six military bases. Why is the Legislature so dead set against other revenue streams such as a work or a sales tax? While those revenue sources will not fully fund state government, they are a step in the right direction for fiscal responsibility. Left unchecked, the permanent fund will be drained to fund state government by irresponsible and shortsighted legislators. If they want to change the PFD amount, they have to change the methodology for determining the annual PFD amount. Stop robbing the piggy bank.

Valerie Weathers



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