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Governor Dunleavy speaks in front of Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce

Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 4:51 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce hosted Governor Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, June 10.

The governor spoke about several challenges facing the state, including COVID-19 and the Biden administration’s environmental policy in Alaska.

Dunleavy highlighted his fiscal plan for the state, which includes enshrining a Permanent Fund Dividend formula in Alaska’s constitution. To that end, the governor earlier this year introduced two resolutions that, if approved by the legislature, would put the constitutional change onto the ballot in 2022.

Dunleavy’s proposed formula involves dividing the Permanent Fund’s yearly distribution 50-50.

“Government will get their 50 percent to spend on government. People get their 50 percent to spend on private sector and other things - fuel oil, rent, cars, that sort of thing. There’s nothing wrong with the approach. It’s just that some people may not agree with it,” Dunleavy said.

The state’s special legislative session is scheduled to end on June 19. The governor has called for an additional special session in August.

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