Bill would allow landlords to garnish PFDs

There are 6 comments on the KTOO-TV Juneau story from Apr 12, 2014, titled Bill would allow landlords to garnish PFDs. In it, KTOO-TV Juneau reports that:

A bill that would allow landlords to garnish tenants' Permanent Fund dividends to pay for repairs is headed for a full House vote.

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“Take It To The Limit”

Since: Mar 11

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#1 Apr 12, 2014
Why? A man once said that "Bad laws are the worst kind of tyranny." and this fits the bill.
Is it really necessary for the government to regulate everything in everybody's life? I know people who use their PFD to catch up on their bills. Oh, sure, they might get a new coat or a new pair of shoes for themselves, but the bulk of their checks go to essentials. And what's to stop landlords from jacking up the prices on repairs? Who is going to regulate them? My son put a hole in his bedroom wall when his mother passed away. Pure adolescent anger. I asked the manager how much it would cost to repair the damage, and he said "400 dollars." I went to home depot and bought wallboard, spackle, and paint. Did the job m'self for less than sixty dollars.
If you pass this bill, then you might as well put all PFD checks in escrow and let landlords, bank managers and credit cards step in and claim the money. Cut out the 'middle man' uh, the Alaskan citizens, that is.
Keep your damn hands out of Alaskan citizen's pockets.

“Take It To The Limit”

Since: Mar 11

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#2 Apr 18, 2014
Again, I say that folks aren't paying enough attention to the dire consequences of letting landlords mess with PFDs. Look at the facts. Each and every year, some five hundred million dollars is dumped into the State of Alaska's economy. Don't you think that bill collectors all over the country are watching this event, just waiting for the right moment to throw their net over some of that cash? It only takes One collector to open the flood-gates to this goldmine of 'free' cash. Let the landlord in, then the electric company, then the banks, then the credit card company, then on and on and on. If you let one in, then everybody gets in.
Too many Alaskans depend on their PFD to get them out of debt, and if the state lets bill collectors get first swipe at the funds, then the whole program is thrown off kilter. In no time at all, there would be so many bill collectors laying claim to PFDs that too many Alaskan citizens wiould never see the money, and other's would be delayed by false claims, scrw-ups, and a boondoggle of paperwork as to slow down the systemso bad that 'PFD' season would be nothing but a joke for most Alaskans.
Let the state take what is necessary, fines, child support, and jailed citizens. That's only right. They pay it out, and should be able to collect on these limited causes. But keep the private sector out. Its a bad idea that only gets worse with time.
Alaskan citizens have to stand up and make the pols listen on this one, or they risk losing the whole program to greedy bill collectors.

“Come and get it! ”

Since: Jan 09

Traverse City

#3 Apr 18, 2014
Rudyard Kiplingesque wrote:
Again, I say that folks aren't paying enough attention
Why should we? Nobody cares about life jackets.

“Take It To The Limit”

Since: Mar 11

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#4 Apr 18, 2014
Sneaky Pete wrote:
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Why should we? Nobody cares about life jackets.
Well, Pete, it's not about life jackets. It's about prevention.
Check this out. Say the landlords get access. They make so many 'requests' for sanctions that an oversite committee has to be adjourned. Then the credit card agencies get into the act. Now a special prosecutor has to be appointed to make sense out of the large amount of applications for AK citizens PFDs. Now there are two new branches that have to be regulated by the state. Then the electric company gets into it, then the banks and their 'Payday loans' wrap their hands around another chunk of PFDs. In no time at all there is a whole new industry just to regulate who gets how much of Alaskan citizens PFDs. Throw in a ton of phony claims, a bunch of fly-by-night "lawyers" and you have the biggest train wreck in state history. All because landlords want more money for 'repairs'. And they ALWAYS inflate the price of the fix. I know from experience.
I never was a landlord, but have several years experience as a manager. I know that the boss always wants to charge more, but when I was manager, I always kept things legit. Unless it was an obamatype, then I'd let my maintenance worker charge a little more., uh, an 'obamatype' is a person who knows everything, even when they don't know what the hell is going on. They're irritating and muck up the works.

“Take It To The Limit”

Since: Mar 11

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#5 Apr 20, 2014
Obviously I meant that a special prosecutor would be appointed, and that the oversite committee would be empaneled, and not what I said in my last post. Been ill for the last year, and I make mistakes like that once in awhile.
The whole world knows about the distributions, and the sharks know that once that door is open, all bets are off. Nobody's PFD would be safe.
Alaskan citizens have to make their voices heard on this. Tell Issaccsen to FO.

“Take It To The Limit”

Since: Mar 11

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#6 Apr 23, 2014
OK, so the general public isn't going to get involved until it's too late to do anything about it, so let me ask the state government, How do you feel about becoming debt collectors for landlords?
Do you really want to align yourselves with a bunch of people who already have shady business practices? I mentioned the four hundred dollar hole in the wall as proof of their deceptions. Think of how much they might want for, say a sink replacement, kitchen or bath. How about fixing the floor? What might they want for re-tiling the kitchen, or replacing a living room or bedroom floor that has succombed to dry rot, which has Nothing to do with the tenant? Landlords are notorious for laying off bills to tenants that the tenants had nothing to do with, and now the state is going to become a legbreaker for the landlord?
So we've established that Alaskan citizens are too lazy to fight for their rights, but is the state so Not busy as to make collections for landlords a big part of their days?
And not just landlords, but soon for 'payday loan' sharks, credit card companies, lawyers with less than clear 'lawsuits', and any other company who has the sense to throw their hat in this Five hundred million dollar lottery.
So citizens aren't bright enough to stand up for themselves, but is the state government so stupid as to become a collection bureau for companes that already have relief through the courts?

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