Sen. Stevens talks the future of the PFD and a looming lawsuit over education funding - Kodiak Daily Mirror: Local News

Sen. Stevens talks the future of the PFD and a looming lawsuit over education funding

Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:36 am

As the State Legislature continues to debate the operating budget in a special session that began May 16, Senator Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) stopped by the Kodiak Daily Mirror to provide an update on where lawmakers stand on next year’s Permanent Fund Dividend and where a battle with Governor Mike Dunleavy over education spending could end up.

Speaking with KDM on Friday, Stevens said that he did not anticipate the Legislature would accept the Governor’s proposal for a $3,000 PFD. On Tuesday, Stevens was proven right by the Senate, which voted to reject an amendment to a senate bill that would have done just that. In response, the Governor announced that he will be hosting a “rally to restore the PFD” that will be held today in Wasilla.

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