Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Be Careful Out There

Winter showed up across much of Alaska this week. The return of snow and ice means roads will often be slick and dangerous for the next few months. The best way to be safe while driving is to slow down. Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you and always turn on your headlights. Remember that bridges and ramps freeze first. Even when other parts of the roadway are clear, bridge decks and overpasses can have ice on them.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Thursday was PFD Day

The annual Permanent Fund Dividends (PFDs) paid out to eligible Alaskans started hitting bank accounts on Thursday. An estimated 631,000 Alaskans will receive a payment of $1,606 to use as they see fit. Sure, some people may use their PFD to do something extravagant, but others will use it to survive the coming harsh winter. The PFD is your share of Alaska’s accumulated resource wealth, and you can use it any way you want.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Vaping Can Be Dangerous

Health care providers across Alaska are watching out for possible cases of severe pulmonary disease associated with vaping and e-cigarette products. Nationally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms there are 450 potential cases of the illness in 33 states. Four people have died from the illness. So far, no cases have been reported in Alaska. However, health care providers are being asked to report possible cases to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: A Partial PFD and a 3rd Special Session

Alaskans from Barrow to Ketchikan have been waiting to see what Governor Dunleavy would do with the partial Permanent Fund Dividend payment approved by the Alaska Legislature. The Governor announced today that he would allow the $1,600 payment to go forward. However, the Governor intends to call a 3rd Special Session for the fall where lawmakers will consider a bill paying out the remaining $1,400 to equal the PFD amount set out in state law.

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