Tyler Ivanoff on the Issues
The Father of the Dividend, Governor Jay Hammond, fought against the legislature to provide a PFD for All of Alaskans. He understood that we had to protect it against legislators.
Under the original PFD formula, our 2020 dividend would roughly be around $3,100. Instead, Special Interest groups inside of the Alaska State Legislature have decided to take funds from the Earnings Reserve and Savings, dipping right into the pockets of Alaskans. Leaving us with only a $1,000 Dividend.
Many of the people representing us in Juneau don’t trust Alaskans with their own money. A coalition majority member quoted in April, “Have you been to the villages at dividend time?” and “Social Services would be overwhelmed.” I would never do a disservice like this to the people of our great District.
The dividend is important for all of Alaska. It boosts local economies and small businesses. It helps parents purchase new winter gear and clothes for their children in the long winter months. It provides heating fuel and offsets the costs of utility bills. It provides ways and means of transportation for those who need a dependable vehicle like a New Outboard Motor, or a New Snowmachine when entering the rough Alaskan Landscape. Some Alaskans are living off of Social Security and Retirement, and the Dividend provides a way to offset the high cost of living in our State.
I’m here to Stand up for Alaskans and District 39. I will do anything I can to let the people of Alaska decide how they want to spend the Permanent Fund. It should never be the Legislatures decision, no matter how tough that decision may be. I’m all for protecting the PFD and enshrining the Original Formula in the State Constitution.
If the Legislature continues to keep spending the Savings, soon we will have no Dividend.
“I’m all for protecting the PFD and enshrining the Original Formula in the State Constitution.”
Alaska is an oil dependent state. We need to get away from using the Permanent Fund Savings to cover the deficit.
Last year our State gave $1.5 billion of Oil Tax Credits to Oil Companies when we had over a $1 Billion deficit. We need to restructure these taxes to make both sides win.
Education is immeasurable, and I’ve always believed that Education is the Key to Success. If we educate ourselves in any way to improve our lives, the healthier we will become and stronger as a people. Our people have strived for thousands of years in District 39 with their Tribal and Environmental knowledge. We can too.
In District 39 our School Districts continue to have a high turnover rate. We’ve got to figure out ways to keep our Administrators and Educators in our Districts longer to help encourage a stable educational system.
Alaska pays well for their seasonal jobs. We hire people from outside of Alaska to do the jobs that our own people can do. We need to have more facilities to let our People develop trades for all the Job Sectors in Alaska.
We’ve got to encourage our kids to strive for the best, and become resilient. If we overcome and achieve we all can win together.
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