Legislature hung up on dividend amid budget negotiations

Setting the amount of this year's Permanent Fund dividend - and deciding on how to pay the cost - continues to hold up agreement on a state spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The Legislature has been in special session since May 20. The joint House-Senate conference committee that was appointed to settle budget differences has met only a few times, briefly reviewing non-controversial items, with a meeting expected sometime Wednesday.

Most legislators have left Juneau to return home or attend to their personal lives while negotiators focus on the political and financial strug...


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