Rep. Liz Snyder, who ran for office and spent $750,000 to win House District 27 away from former Rep. Lance Pruitt, ran on a full statutory Permanent Fund dividend. Now that she is the representative for East Anchorage, everything is different.
On Aug. 30, she voted against the formula, which is the law.
Here’s what Snyder told the Anchorage Daily News before the 2020 election:
“I share the same view as our incumbent, based on past public comments. I support full pfd payments based on the original formula, but recognize that we need to have a collective conversation about the sustainability of this approach and agree to any necessary changes. And in light of our current budgetary shortfall, I do not support back pay of previously reduced pfds. I would prefer to see us grow the Permanent Fund — some have targeted $100 million — so that we then have an incredible, sustainable resource to support current and future generations of Alaskans. With such a resource, we would be the envy of the rest of the US.”
The House of Representatives on Monday night voted down the legally established dividend, but has offered no legal substitute for what would be about a $3,800 payment to qualified Alaskans this year.
Her Democrat colleague, Rep. Geran Tarr, was the only Democrat who voted in favor of the full PFD.