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Bill allows you to donate your PFD to the government

PICK, CLICK, GIVE IT ALL BACK

The Alaska Senate has unanimously passed a bill to give Alaskans the option of donating some or all of their Permanent Fund dividends to the State General Fund, (where it could be used presumably to fund Rep. Paul Seaton’s $500,000 Vitamin D study.)

The bill’s sponsor is Sen. David Wilson, a Wasilla Republican.

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“I’ve heard from Alaskans who say they wouldn’t mind giving up a portion of their income or PFD to the State of Alaska. This bill creates a mechanism for Alaskans to donate their PFDs directly to the state general fund,” Wilson said.

Participants will be able to contribute as little as $25, and all the way up to the total amount of the PFD, in $25 increments. According to the bill, a donation to the state’s general fund might be counted as a charitable donation for federal tax purposes.

SB 154 will now be sent to the Alaska House of Representatives for consideration.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Are you kidding me? Laughable. Pay the government because the legislature didn’t do their job to balance the books. Brilliant.

  • Uhm, maybe drug testing is in order!

    • I suspect they’ve already been testing drugs…?

  • I think it is great they can give out the full PFD to the people and we can choose to give it back or not. It’s not taxation or theft. I decide if I can do better with the money or the government.

  • I think it sets a the stage for challenging the theft of our PFDs, in which they were taken without consent. Hopefully we are moving that direction.

  • Hah, bet that bill passed faster than anything we’ve seen in years…

  • So will the Democrats in the House vote for this? I’m guessing not since they prefer taxation with the force of law for everybody else, not the self-imposed taxation allowed by freewill.

    Is there already a mechanism in place to send a check to be deposited in the general fund account? You would think the tax and spenders would have already been sending their dividends in to be spent by those who know how to do so.

  • No matter how much you give our current representatives, they have proven it will never be enough.

  • Here you go Comrade Chris make your donation now don’t wait!

  • What a marvelous way for those who feel government can spend PFD money more wisely than individuals to put their money where their mouths have been!

    Now they are not stuck with merely not applying for a dividend, letting “their share” be distributed to others – they can file and, in clear conscience, hand it directly over to the spenders!

    But would anybody do that without fear their family might seek their being subjected to a psychological examination?

  • Which Alaskans has he heard that from? The little pawns who were indoctrinated into marching to take away our guns? Piffle. It’s either a lie or a huge exaggeration.

  • Gee Wally, we’re allready donating part of our dividends to the government.

  • Let me make sure I understand these comments. People are objecting to a bill that simply enables others to do something that does not affect them in any way. …
    What am I missing?