Municipality of Anchorage asks for a Permanent Fund dividend


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As the Anchorage Assembly weighs tax proposals from three of its members, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz says the municipality is asking the state to chip in too. 

Like individual Alaskans, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz suggests that communities like Anchorage receive a Permanent Fund dividend. The concept is one of the municipality's legislative requests for the upcoming session on Jan. 21. 

"What the state hasn't done with its fiscal planning is to integrate the local governments in terms of what it's going to look like because we both provide services to the same constituencies," said Berkowitz. "A community dividend, in essence, would mean you would divide the dividend payout between state government, the dividend itself and local government."