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Dividend, tax vote bills could complicate governor's budget

 

January 11, 2018



JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Bills introduced ahead of the new legislative session could complicate Gov. Bill Walker’s plans to address Alaska’s budget and tackle infrastructure projects.

Two new Senate proposals — one each from a Republican and Democrat — seek to enshrine a dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund into the state constitution.

Similar measures were introduced last year but pushed aside as legislators delayed action on a plan that would use fund earnings to help pay for state government and change how dividends are calculated.

That debate is expected to be reignited this s...



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