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Editorial: Education vs. PFDs


Education is too critical a part of our state's future to allow for reduced funding of that line item at the expense of a super-sized Permanent Fund check.

K-12 funding should be left intact as was agreed to at the close of the legislative session last year.

This week, 130 Alaskans were evenly split on the super-sized PFD as outlined in Gov. Mike Dunleavy's Senate Bills 23 and 24. In testimony last week, two-thirds of the public comments were against the super-sized PFD.

From 2016 to 2018, the PFD was capped and a portion of the Permanent Fund earnings were used to fund government. Under th...

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