Senate panel sticks with $1,600 PFDs for this year
The state Legislature has apparently settled on $1,600 for the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund dividend, following a tumultuous week in which one chamber nearly approved $1,100 more to be given to eligible Alaskans.
The Senate Finance Committee has released a budget proposal that included $1,600 dividends, although a formal vote has not yet been taken.
The committee will first take public testimony on Friday and then discuss the amount further.
Last week the state House had approved a $2,700 dividend, but rescinded its own vote and pared the amount back to $1,600 on Friday.
PFD filing procrastinators are out of luck for this year, as the filing deadline for 2018 dividends passed Saturday.
Editor's note: An initial version of this story incorrectly stated that the Senate had voted to approve $1,600 PFD checks.
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