Senator asks that governor's veto be ignored and Alaskan's receive full PFD

    East Anchorage Senator Bill Wielechowski sent a letter to the fund's Chief Executive Angela Rodell asking that she ignore the veto. Wielechowski argues that previous statute states that the corporation "shall transfer" half of its available earnings for dividends.

    The first step in a potential lawsuit against the governor's veto of half the money for dividends from the Permanent Fund is demanding a full-sized P-F-D.

    East Anchorage Senator Bill Wielechowski took that step Wednesday, sending a letter to the fund's Chief Executive Angela Rodell asking that she ignore the veto. Wielechowski argues that previous statute states that the corporation "shall transfer" half of its available earnings for dividends.

    Governor Walker vetoed half the amount of the legislature's annual appropriation for dividends.

    The Alaska Dispatch reports that the Department of Law backs Walker's interpretation.

    Wielechowski says it's up to the Permanent Fund Corporation to act, and if the transfer is less than the full statutory amount, he's prepared to go to court.
     

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