When he was on the campaign trail, Alaska Gov. Michael Dunleavy promised to pay dividends of more than $6,000. And now, he’s trying to make good on that promise. But delivering on it isn’t going to be simple. On this episode of Paying Dividends, what do legislators think of Dunleavy’s promise? And will they work with him or against him?
Host Rashah McChesney talks to Andrew Kitchenman, state government and politics reporter for KTOO and Alaska Public Media. In a recent news story, Andrew said that every dollar the state pays out in permanent fund dividends is a dollar that won’t pay for government services. With Gov. Dunleavy’s newly trimmed budget anticipated next week, that math is on everyone’s mind. We also talk to Bruce Tangeman, the new commissioner of the state’s Department of Revenue.
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- Donna Arduin is no longer in charge of the state budget for Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. Dunleavy’s chief of staff says the decision was “made unanimously within the leadership of the governor’s office.”
- The move frees up nearly $11 million in funding from federal law enforcement programs, including money for local communities and tribal entities for addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. The state will also get three new federal prosecutors who will be focused on rural Alaska.
- An email from Alaska's former first lady sheds new light on the actions that drove Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott from office, suggesting he may have invited a woman into his room, newly released emails show.
- A new Alaska group hopes to overhaul the state's oil and gas tax credit system through a ballot initiative called the Fair Share Act.