Alaska dividend size up for debate in legislative session


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, faced with pressure from lawmakers, introduced a bill that would allow for payment of a dividend to residents this year. But it’s unclear yet what size check residents ultimately might get. 

Dunleavy, in a bill outlined Thursday, proposed a payout of about $2,350. Lawmakers earlier this year proposed a dividend of about $1,100, but they tied strings to it and failed to win the necessary votes. Dunleavy vetoed the remnant $525 dividend, calling it a “joke.” 

Dividends typically are paid out in the early fall. 

Dunleavy has proposed a constitutional amendment that calls for restructuring the oil-wealth permanent fund, limiting withdrawals and putting

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