Alaskans’ annual reward is here: $878 simply for living in the state.
State officials on Tuesday announced this year’s payout from Alaska’s oil savings account.
The dividends are handed out annually to all men, women and children who have lived in Alaska for at least one calendar year.
This year’s amount is significantly less than last year’s dividend of $1,174, which was the smallest since 2006. The payout will be distributed Oct. 4.
Alaska has no state income tax, but residents must pay federal taxes on the bounty. What they do with the rest is up to them.
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- The totem pole is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. The carved art form showcases clan stories and family crests in museums around the world. After more than 30 years in the Anchorage Museum, a century-old pole from Southeast has made it back to Sitka, where curators are prepping a permanent home.
- One of the Sealaska regional Native corporation’s longest-serving leaders is stepping down. Rosita Worl says she will not run for another term after 30 years on the board.
- President Donald Trump’s budget outline calls for eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA has been a frequent target of Republicans, but U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski supports the endowment, and Tuesday she won the 2017 Congressional Arts Leadership Award.