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Wed Jan 10, 2018, 06:53 AM

Dividend, tax vote bills could complicate governor's budget

JUNEAU — 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 — from Republican Bert Stedman and Democrat Tom Begich — 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 session, as the state grapples with an ongoing deficit.

Read more: http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2018-01-08/dividend-tax-vote-bills-could-complicate-governor-s-budget

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