Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Shower proposed the payment as an amendment to the budget bill. Senators intend for the payments to be made immediately after the bill passes.
Analysts project that if the Legislature were to combine the dividend with COVID-19 relief, the state would have to make the first unplanned draw from permanent fund earnings.
State commissioners said the state can provide government services while also protecting workers.
The state wouldn’t have enough money in the Constitutional Budget Reserve to pay the roughly $3,000 PFD using the formula in state law.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s COVID-19 economic plan calls for $1,300 permanent fund dividend payments in April, as well as for a $1 billion fund to stabilize the state’s economy.
Alaska’s chief medical officer announced that there are three new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska, bringing the total number of cases to six. In addition, Gov. Mike Dunleavy closed all restaurants and bars statewide to dine-in services, effective Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says the team will recommend decisive policies to protect jobs, families and the economy.
Alaska’s largest union for state workers says government employees are dealing with the public in ways that run counter to recommendations from federal and state officials.
LeDoux was in a House floor session in Juneau while prosecutors announced the charges at a press conference in Anchorage.
Pete Kelly represents the Fairbanks Economic Development Corp. He’ll also be doing work for clients of the Mulder Co., run by lobbyist Eldon Mulder.