The Senate Finance Committee considered two bills on Monday that would set PFDs at a lower level than the roughly $2,500 Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed.
Lawmakers are discussing two bills: One that sets the amount of this year’s permanent fund dividend payout and another bill to set future PFDs.
The House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday aimed at funding permanent fund dividends at $1,100. But the final amount isn’t clear.
The Permanent Fund Dividend Division says legislators and Gov. Mike Dunleavy must agree on PFD funding by Wednesday for dividends to be paid on time.
Committee members said they don’t want to draw more than is outlined under a law that limits how much the state spends in permanent fund earnings each year.
Gov. Dunleavy has proposed putting PFDs in the state constitution, as part of an amendment that would outline rules for the overall annual draw from the fund.
Pruitt, who’s served in the Legislature for a decade, faces a rematch against Democrat Liz Snyder, who came within 200 votes of beating him two years ago.
Becker refused to walk back the statements condemned as offensive stereotypes of Alaska Native communities — instead, she read them aloud inside the Metlakatla Longhouse.
Recently, excitement over PFDs has been muted as Gov. Bill Walker and state legislators have capped the payout in response to Alaska’s budget deficit.
The House had been stalled for days, when the majority split over the size of the PFD. Six members of the majority reversed their position.