PFD and the special session: The clock ticks down toward June 19

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The special legislative session that began May 20 in Juneau continues, defying predictions by many that all would be done before Memorial Day. 

Gov. Mike Dunlevy called lawmakers into special session as the regular session ended May 19 with the state budget unfinished and a Permanent Fund Dividend for 2021 undecided.

Since then a budget conference committee has continued work to reconcile versions of the budget passed by the state House and State Senate. Differences between the two are relatively minor, except for the PFD. 

Discussions on that are underway, mostly behind closed doors.

Basically, the disagreement is on how much the dividend will be and how it can be paid. Talks

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