Alaskans have been getting Permanent Fund dividends for 37 years. But for the last few years those checks have been cut, because lawmakers want the money to pay the state’s bills.

Alaska’s new governor wants to make good on a campaign promise to pay the money the government kept and keep those oil money checks coming. His plan? Deep cuts to the state’s budget. But the state has a lot of expenses. And the Legislature will have its own say in how the money is spent.

On “Paying Dividends,” from KTOO and Alaska Public Media, we’ll follow the money through the Legislature and talk to the people in power and the Alaskans affected by their decisions.