By Iris Samuels and James Brooks
Anchorage Daily News 

Lawmakers propose $1,300 'energy relief check' for Alaskans

 


State House lawmakers have proposed paying Alaskans almost $1,300 as an “energy relief check” on top of the annual Permanent Fund dividend.

As presented by the House Finance Committee on Friday, the two payments would total about $2,500 this year for every eligible Alaskan.

The energy relief payment would use some of the state’s unexpectedly high oil revenues to help residents hit by rising fuel prices, record inflation and ongoing financial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers in the House majority said in a written statement on March 2.

“Between the negative economic eff...



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