Most money for $1,100 dividends, as well as for programs that lower high energy costs and pay for university scholarships, depended on three-quarters of the members agreeing to draw from the Constitutional Budget Reserve. That failed by six votes.
Budget negotiators agreed to a compromise on Sunday. But neither chamber has held a regular floor session through Tuesday afternoon.
Alaskans have been affected by cyberattacks in various ways, whether it’s leaked private information from the Permanent Fund dividend program or the shutdown of online court or health department services.
The $2,300 PFD amount received support from both conservative and liberal senators. So with the governor on board as well, why isn’t it on a clear path to being adopted?
A 30-day special session is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Dunleavy said he’s supporting a draft constitutional amendment that would restructure the way the Permanent Fund is managed — a goal that lawmakers have tried and failed to achieve for the last several years.
House Speaker Louise Stutes deferred action on the budget on Sunday, after minority-caucus Republicans protested not having dozens of their amendments heard.
Alaskans have until 11:59 p.m. Alaska time on Wednesday, March 31, to submit their applications online.
Hoffman said that the future of the dividend relies on the Legislature creating new forms of revenues. Without that, he said, the Permanent Fund will be put in jeopardy.
Dunleavy spoke by video through a livestream rather than in the traditional venue of a joint session in the Capitol.