HB 1005 gets pounded by public testimony

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House Finance today heard testimony from the public on House Bill 1005, offered by Reps. Tammie Wilson and Neal Foster, which would give Alaskans a $3,000 Permanent Fund dividend this year, but after that, their dividends would be cut in half.

The public was not amused. Caller after caller blasted the committee for the legislation. Some of them expressed anger at Rep. Wilson, who is the Republican from North Pole who co-chair the committee.

Just one caller said he favored the idea, but only if the budget was cut further. The other 75 said “no” in no uncertain terms.

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