By Shannon Haugland
Sitka Sentinel 

Senate Finance co-chair criticizes governor's proposal for larger PFD


January 4, 2023

Sen. Bert Stedman, co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, says Gov. Dunleavy’s proposed $3,800 Permanent Fund dividend in 2023 would mean “starting the year underwater.”

“It’s not a prudent way to administer the state’s financial resources.” Stedman said, reacting to his first review of Dunleavy’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. “Revenues would not meet recurring expenditures. We’d be talking about going into the hole by about $300 million.”

Stedman was reelected Nov. 8 to a sixth term in the Senate representing southern Southeast communit...

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