Old money: Dunleavy says Legislature knowingly underfunded senior benefits

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Gov. Michael Dunleavy on Saturday said the Democrat-led House Majority is playing fast and loose with Alaskans concerning the shortfall in funds for the Senior Benefits program.

They underfunded the program last year, he said, even though they were warned about it running out of money.

Last week, the Department of Health and Social Services announced that for May and April, those seniors in the highest income bracket of the program — with an income of $26,355 — would not receive their expected $76 per month senior benefit check from the State. Senior Benefits is a program that was created in 2007 to help low- to moderate-income seniors make ends meet.

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