House bill pledges full dividend, but with a catch
By BECKY BOHRER
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaskans would receive a full dividend from the state's oil-wealth fund this year under a bill introduced Wednesday in the House, but the full payout would come with a catch.
The current dividend calculation hasn't been followed for three years amid an ongoing budget deficit, and dividend payouts have been reduced.
The bill comes a week into a special session with no apparent progress toward finalizing a state budget. A major stumbling block has been what to do with the dividend.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy has called for a full dividend and said voters should have a say on any changes.
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