Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Governor Mike Dunleavy has asked the Legislature to prioritize a dividend amount from the permanent fund, place a surplus in state savings, and take action on People First Initiative bills introduced earlier this session.
In March, Governor Dunleavy announced a projected $3.4 billion increase to the spring 2022 revenue forecast over this year and next. According to the Alaska Department of Revenue, the forecast is consistent and the state still projects a multi-billion dollar surplus for 2022 and 2023.
“I ask the Legislative Assembly to provide each eligible resident with a PFD of at least $3,700 this year,” Governor Dunleavy said. “We have this tremendous opportunity to provide a 50/50 PFD while having enough money to spare. The more money in the hands of Alaskans, the better for everyone. These are tough times for Alaskans paying at the pumps while the government profits from high oil prices We need to put the money back in the pockets of our constituents.
In addition to the PFD, Dunleavy said the administration’s priority was to rebuild economies with surpluses in the range of $11 billion over 10 years, based on a conservative forecast of more than $70 per year. barrel until 2031.
According to Bloomberg Economics estimates, the average U.S. household can expect to pay $5,200 more this year — $433 a month — than last year due to inflation rising at a historic rate. under the Biden administration.
Governor Dunleavy added, “We have the resources we need to achieve this PFD, so we are waiting for the legislature to make its decision. Rural Alaska is going to see, potentially, $17/gallon of oil in some places. state resources. »
During this session, Governor Dunleavy addressed sex trafficking, sexual offenses and victim protection with Senate Bills 189, 187 and 188. The bills are part of his People First initiative, which includes five major cross-cutting topics: domestic violence and sexual assault. , missing and murdered Indigenous people, human/sex trafficking, foster care and homelessness
“April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this week is National Victims of Crime Week and yesterday was Denim Day,” Governor Dunleavy said. “Sexual assault awareness shouldn’t just matter for one month out of the year. I call on the Legislature to act on my administration’s People First Initiative bills – modernizing the definition of consent and protecting Alaskans from sexual assault. These are common sense reforms to close loopholes, increase penalties for perpetrators, and improve our system to protect the rights of victims. Alaskans deserve to feel heard and safe. in their communities. We will see a change happen in Alaska, but there is still work to be done, and it is up to the legislators to decide.”