Expanded special session scope enables lawmakers to appropriate PFD and restore funding to vital programs

'We now have the tools to get the job done,' says Speaker Louise Stutes

JUNEAU — Gov. Mike Dunleavy today added legislation to the call of the current special session that will allow lawmakers to appropriate this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend and restore funding for Alaska Performance Scholarships and the WWAMI School of Medical Education.


Speaker Louise Stutes released the following statement in response to the decision:


“Today’s decision by the governor to allow work on a budget bill means we now have the tools to get the job done—keeping the state on track toward a resolution that will provide Alaskans with a dividend, and restore funding for vital programs like Alaska Performance Scholarships and WWAMI, which is the only program that trains doctors who want to launch careers in our state.


We’re committed to working toward a resolution on every proposal that has consensus as we continue to seek a compromise that will end Alaska’s structural budget deficit once and for all.”


— House Speaker Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak)

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