PFD hearing brings out widely differing viewpoints

When Jan Kanitz of Juneau and Antonia Lenard of Eagle River testified before a legislative committee last Saturday about personal responsibility and the Permanent Fund dividend, they spoke from completely different perspectives.

For Kanitz, it was about acknowledging that current state spending on schools, health care and the ferry system is woefully inadequate, with too much emphasis on paying out large dividends.

“I think a fixed, limited PFD as a symbolic thing helps people have buy-in to the state … I support that, but it should not bankrupt us,” she said. “I think we need a better sense o...


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