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Time for Alaskans to engage in budget process

...Alaskans have gotten used to a relatively low tax burden, no state income tax, and a nice check courtesy of the Alaska Permanent Fund every fall. Part of the challenge in understanding the problem lies in grasping the scope of a $3.1 billion...
What others say: Discussion of next year's budget should begin now

...budget - drawing on the state's Constitutional Budget Reserve rather than making an arcane shuffle involving the Alaska Permanent Fund earnings reserve - is by far the most sensible option that was available. The scorched-earth approach of transferring...
What others say: Buy local

...the Christmas gift-buying-and-giving season. It will come up at other times, too; for example, when the Alaska Permanent Fund checks are distributed by the state to Alaskans annually in October.The biggest competition for many Alaska businesses...
What others say: Governor's conference will begin much-needed revenue discussion

...for a sustainable solution to cover a good deal of the deficit is the Percent of Market Value plan drafted by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation in 1999 and selected as the best budget-balancing option by the Conference of Alaskans in 2004...
What others say: Reserve funds transfer would hurt state's future fiscal options

...would mean that nearly every reserve fund other than the CBR would need to be drained. Chief among these is the Alaska Permanent Fund earnings reserve, out of which the state's much-beloved dividend checks are paid each year.Though it might...
House bill would access CBR by putting Permanent Fund earnings off limits

...2016 fiscal year earnings are at or above the five-year earnings average."The official forecast from (the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.) indicates that the transfer will not affect future dividends," Burnett wrote. "However, as we have...
What others say: Lawmakers must use Permanent Fund earnings to solve budget impasse

...fix the problem in the afternoon. All it needs is a simple majority vote to pay for state operations from the Alaska Permanent Fund's earnings reserve.As the Legislature's regular session wound down, lawmakers came up with a spending plan...
What others say: Compromise is a worthwhile gamble

...majority could have taken a different approach. It could have compromised and spent from the earnings reserve of the Alaska Permanent Fund. It doesn't need the minority's votes to do that, but the majority feared the backlash. It feared that Alaskans...
Tuesday deadline to apply for PFD sign up for their share of the state's oil wealth this year. Tuesday is the deadline to apply for the 2015 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. The payout is based on the five-year average of the fund's statutory net income. Last year, the...
What others say: Setting aside donations for nonprofits, children good use of dividend

Time is drawing near to file an application for the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend - the deadline to do so is March 31. In addition to being a much-cherished yearly check, the dividend is a reminder...


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