Dunleavy to reveal plans for budget and PFD on Monday
Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday will announcement plans for a bill that restores more than $300 million of his $400 million-plus vetoes and pays a $1,600 Permanent Fund dividend.
Dunleavy had hoped to have his decisions completed by Friday, but his communications office said the delay came because "a thorough examination and review of the bill is still being finalized.”
His office, however, announced two appropriations that will not be subject to another veto:
• $670,900 for the state’s online with libraries, which “builds the capacity of public libraries around the state to support broadband internet services.”
• $138,200 for a program called live homework help, online tutoring designed to help students perform better in courses or participate in statewide initiatives like the Alaska Performance Scholarship.
“Like funds restored earlier in the week for Head Start, Early Childhood Grants and other early learning programs, these [decisions] were made after significant input from Alaskans,” Dunleavy said in a prepared statement. “While we hoped to have these issues cleared up months ago, it’s important we announce these items now before the start of the school year.”
Dunleavy must also decide if he will accept the proposed $1,600 PFD, which is about $1,400 less than the estimated size under the decades old statute — the governor’s longstanding preferred choice.
Dunleavy has been unable to secure support for the $3,000 divided in either chamber.
Leading lawmakers have offered Dunleavy a $1,400 supplemental but tie it to a new statutory calculation. However, Dunleavy wants to have a formula enshrined in the constitution and has resolutions under consideration in the House and Senate.
Lawmakers expect to be back this fall for a special session to address the dividend.
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