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By Dan Rudy 

Senate PFD restructure to get hearing in House Finance


March 23, 2017

A bill that would rearrange how earnings from the Permanent Fund were used passed the Senate last week, with a version set next to be read by the House Finance Committee.

The “Permanent Fund Protection Act” (SB 26) would arrange the Fund’s Earnings Reserve Account – from which the state’s annual dividends are paid out – so that the amount of money drawn from the earnings would be tied to a percent of market value, or POMV, approach.

The bill would set up how the ERA would be tapped, and would set the POMV limit at a 5.25-percent withdraw rate from the Fund, based on a five-year...

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