The Latest: Alaska House votes down full dividend payout
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on the Alaska Legislature (all times local):
The Alaska House has voted down a proposal to pay residents full dividend checks of around $3,000 this year from the state's oil-wealth fund, setting the stage for another special session.
The vote was 15 in support, 21 against.
Some saw a full payout as a way to build trust with Alaskans after several years of reduced payouts. Others questioned the affordability.
Dividends have long been paid using Alaska Permanent Fund earnings, which lawmakers also have started using to help pay for government costs.
Last week, the Senate by one vote failed to approve a full dividend. When it had a chance later to revive the bill for another vote, it failed to do so.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy has said lawmakers should pay a full dividend.
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