Alaskans weigh cost of fortifying yearly oil-wealth checks
April 11, 2019
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – During Republican Mike Dunleavy’s successful run for governor last year, he offered few specifics for his vision of limited government but was clear that Alaska residents should get a full payout from the state’s oil-wealth fund.
Lawmakers and Dunleavy’s predecessor capped the annual checks at $1,600 or less the past few years as they struggled to address a budget deficit that has persisted amid low to middling oil prices and is now estimated at $1.6 billion.
Dunleavy’s call for paying the full amount this year, around $3,000 each, plus what they missed out o...