“Something is not a compromise merely because one says it’s a compromise,” said Rep. Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage.
It’s likely that this whole thing could end up in the court again while Alaskans are left waiting for resolution.
In a deeply wonky combination of last-minute maneuvering and a recent ruling, there would have been nearly twice as much money available for this year’s dividend. It would have been $1,025 instead of the $525. Right now, though, it’s zero.
Now that the state is starting to work out the basics of a new fiscal plan, the governor argues we should start paying out larger dividends even though that plan is far from a reality.
Don’t mess with the Legislature’s per diem.
The big problem is Gov. Dunleavy argues that balance isn’t needed.
It’s a big bet (with Alaskans’ PFDs). Let’s see how it pays off.
The governor’s betting that this will be the time the Legislature finally bows down.
Unless Dunleavy is planning on finally putting some support behind anything beyond big dividends, then this state-funded campaign can’t be expected to accomplish much other than to confuse the situation. But that’s probably the point.
It can be added, but as of right now there’s no vehicle to pay out this year’s PFD on the table—or restore the Power Cost Equalization program.