Gov. Michael Dunleavy told seniors at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center today that the Alaska Senior Benefit Program will be funded in full this year at $20.8 million. In a previous version of the Operating Budget, Dunleavy had cut the funding for older Alaskans who are low- or moderate-income.
Payments will be retroactive to July 1. During the last fiscal year, the program ran out of money and some payments were curtailed in May and June.
“What we have decided to do is make sure that the funding for senior benefits is in this year’s budget going forward,” Dunleavy said.
Watch Dunleavy’s remarks here: