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Paying Dividends

May 3, 2019

The Alaska Senate’s plan for finding the money to pay for full Permanent Fund dividends includes breaking into the most sacrosanct of the state’s piggy banks.

Apr 20, 2019

The House has passed the budget. It’s the Senate’s turn. Senators have to decide how much to cut schools and health care, the ferry system and the University of Alaska. Where do leading senators stand, and what do they see happening next?

Mar 31, 2019

Gov. Mike Dunleavy's austerity budget isn't going over smoothly in the legislature. Now, he's taking his fiscal plan on the road with stops in communities from Nome to Fairbanks to Kenai. Members of the state House have also been talking about the budget in towns across Alaska. So, as Alaskans got up close and personal...

Mar 15, 2019

Governor Mike Dunleavy was elected on pledges to pay big Permanent Fund dividends to Alaskans while cutting state government. Now his detailed proposal to do that is not exactly going over smoothly with lawmakers, even those in his own party, like the Republicans who control the Senate.

Mar 2, 2019

Along with the Gov. Mike Dunleavy's proposed spending cuts come job losses. Depending on which economist you ask, the state could lose anywhere from 600 government jobs to at least 12,000 jobs in fields like education and healthcare. But Dunleavy is also proposing to inject almost $2 billion dollars back into...