Tag: PFD

Time is now to resolve Alaska’s great contradictions

We have the largest reserves of natural gas and renewable energy potential in the United States, yet we have the second-highest energy costs in the nation, Gov. Mike Dunleavy writes.

Dermot Cole: Dunleavy bill on Russian ‘profiteering’ by financial companies is...

Dermot Cole writes: A new bill by Gov. Mike Dunleavy might appear to be an honest expression of indignation about private companies attempting to earn a profit in Russia despite the unprovoked attack on Ukraine. But closer inspection shows that Senate Bill 235 is little more than a slapdash campaign ad, printed and promoted at state expense.

Capitol Report: Budget remains key legislative focus

Sen. Gary Stevens: With the legislative session now in its sixth week, there is a lot happening in the Capitol. Of course, the major item on our agenda is the Fiscal Year 2023 budget. Although it is too early to say what it will look like, the Finance Committees in both legislative bodies are meeting with the governor’s finance experts and commissioners to gather information that will be used in the budget process.

Legislative Update: Our fiscal reality remains fundamentally unchanged

Rep. Louise Stutes: With an influx of billions of federal dollars and the price of oil at over $80 per barrel, the next few legislative sessions represent a generational opportunity for Alaska.

Reporting for Alaska: Legislators must do more than write letters to...

Dermot Cole writes: I must confess I didn not know about an old state law that requires the Legislative Budget & Audit Committee to conduct an “annual operational and performance evaluation of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation investments and investment programs.”

Walker: Alaska cannot afford to let Dunleavy kill its golden goose...

Former Alaska Gov. Bill Walker writes: "I fear the recent decision by the Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees to fire Executive Director Angela Rodell, abruptly and without explanation, is an example of a pivotal decision that threatens to derail progress in Alaska with wide-ranging implications for the fund and the dividend going forward."

Commentary: Dunleavy’s corrupt misuse of public funds is rampant

By now, Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s “creative” use of his office is well known. Like him or not, it’s clear he uses public resources in ways that none of his predecessors have. He’s directed jobs and lucrative no-bid contracts to wealthy donors and their families.

Commentary: PFD fight pits Alaskans against each other

By Tim BradnerFor The Cordova TimesLike many Alaskans, I’m dismayed at how the debate over the size of the Permanent Fund Dividend has degenerated...

Battle continues in special session over state budget

Last Wednesday, the Legislature adjourned this year’s regular session and the next day a special session began in Juneau on the budget, crime and education funding.

Capitol Report: Special session update

As you may know, the governor has called the Legislature into special session to finish work on the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, finalize the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), and pass a criminal justice reform bill (HB-49).
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