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Governor Dunleavy calls for PFD special session as budget deadline approaches

Governor Dunleavy has called for a special session for tackling the PFD as the state budget...
Governor Dunleavy has called for a special session for tackling the PFD as the state budget deadline approaches.(Office of Governor Dunleavy)
Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 4:12 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - With a week left to finalize the state budget, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy ahs called for a special session dedicated to finalizing a decision on the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD).

According to a press release, the 30-day special session will begin on May 20th with the goal of addressing a long-term, permanent solution to protecting the PFD.

The Governor said, “It is clear from my conversations with legislative leaders that more time is needed to complete this year’s budget and to address a long-term, permanent solution to protecting the Permanent Fund and PFD. Consequently, today I’m calling a 30-day special session to give lawmakers additional time to complete those tasks. Nothing is more important than giving Alaskans a long-term solution to our fiscal challenges, and this session is an important first step.”

Governor Dunleavy also called for a second special session that would begin on August 2nd to tackle other issues such as appropriations of federal relief funds, including ARP funds, as well as potential measures to increase state revenues.

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