As lawmakers are split on what to do with the Permanent Fund Dividend, the governor is keeping the pressure on to give Alaskans a full dividend.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration announced Wednesday that there will be a rally at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Everett’s Mat-Su Valley Resort in Wasilla to encourage legislators to decide on a $3,000 PFD. The event, called “Rally to Restore the PFD,” is free and open to the public.
“I invite Alaskans to join me at a rally in support of a full PFD under the formula we’ve followed for more than 30 years,” Dunleavy said in a statement.
One of Dunleavy’s key campaign promises was to provide a full PFD after the Legislature voted to cut the amount of the PFD the past three years to help balance the budget. He’s pledged to veto anything but a full, $3,000 dividend.
The rally comes just two days after the Alaska Senate was unable to decide on a PFD amount during a floor session. The Senate was just one vote short of passing a $3,000 PFD.