Rep. Chris Tuck


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Chris Tuck

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March 30, 2018

Fighting to Keep the Dividend

I introduced amendment #1 to the operating budget to restore the full Permanent Fund Dividend to all Alaskans – and it passed 21 to 19.

Today, against my objections, my amendment was amended down to a smaller dividend amount. This is very disappointing.

I agree with former Governor Hammond’s arguments.

If more money is needed to pay for government should ONLY Alaskans pay? Or should more than a million tourists and thousands of non-resident commercial fisherman, oil workers, and construction workers who come up here to work or play at least pay something?

If ONLY Alaskans pay, should all pay the same regardless of income?

Do I trust government to do a better job of spending $1,100 of my dividend than I would myself?

Cutting the dividend is a "Permanent Fund Dividend INCOME Tax" proposal. It's not at all like a normal tax. Of all possible taxes, the Dividend "tax" is far the most regressive, unfair, and economically imprudent. Children, fixed income seniors, and other Alaskans will pay the same amount as multimillionaires. Non-residents pay nothing.

Numerous studies show dividends provide the greatest collective economic boost to Alaska communities of any state program. With the downturn of our economy, why would anyone want to cut the dividend? 


Rep. Tuck in his office.

Warm regards,

[signed] Chris Tuck
      Chris Tuck
      Alaska State Representative
      District 23 - Anchorage


Tuck’s Tips:

DON’T FORGET TO FILE FOR YOUR PFD—DEADLINE IS SATURDAY, MARCH 31

Online PFD applications can be filed up to 11:59 PM AKDT on Saturday, March 31st. You must have received a confirmation number for your online application to be timely.

Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than March 31 to be considered timely.

For more PFD information, or to file online:

https://pfd.alaska.gov/

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE—DEADLINE IS APRIL 3

Tuesday, April 3 is the deadline to vote in the Anchorage Municipal Election. Everyone who is registered to vote in Anchorage should have received a ballot in the mail by March 4. If you have not received a ballot, or if yours was lost or destroyed, you can go to an Accessible Vote Center, which you can locate at the link below:

https://muniorg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=218a434eff2c42b49e06932d56d2e862

General information about Vote by Mail (or by Email or by Fax) can be found at:

https://www.muni.org/departments/assembly/clerk/elections/Pages/default.aspx

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