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Dividend politics not music to the ear

 

October 19, 2022



Regardless whether you like harp music, it’s soothing, relaxing, even peaceful.

Which leads me to apologize for continuing to harp on Alaska’s Permanent Fund dividend politics, which are anything but musical. They’re more akin to the wordless scream of a heavy-metal song, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. But they sure get the audience fired up.

Unless you believe in $100-plus oil prices or heavy taxes or large-scale budget cuts, the state treasury cannot afford endless years of $2,500 or $3,000 dividends, especially not the $4,000 promoted by Republican gubernatorial candid...



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