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Most Alaskans are about to be 1,200 dollars richer - KTVA

There are 25 comments on the KTVA Anchorage story from Aug 8, 2008, titled Most Alaskans are about to be 1,200 dollars richer - KTVA. In it, KTVA Anchorage reports that:

Alaskans are about to be 1,200 dollars richer, which with the skyrocketing price of gas, could help shrinking budgets.

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#21 Sep 2, 2008
Not Fair in Anchorage AK wrote:
I really think that it is unfair for the Senate to approve an additional $1200.00 for those that are eligible for the PFD's but not for people like us that have lived in Alaska since April 2007 and have had to struggle with the cost of living and high gas prices up here, I thought that was what the whole proposal from Gov. Palin was for to help on energy/gas expenses in this "Great State of Alaska", and I felt at the time it was fair to do so for those who could prove residency for 6 months, but I guess this state isn't all that it is cracked up to be, had I known the cost of living differences and how the state only looks after those that have been here for three months longer than myself, I would have reconsidered ever moving here. Now I'm stuck here and have to learn from my mistakes once again, Thanks Gov. Palin for everything!!
Why should a person who came up in April get $1200 when other Alaska residents have been struggling to pay for their heat for YEARS? This is exactly why there are specific qualifications for getting a PFD check--to determine what is fair. Or it would get so complicated. Pretty soon they'd have to figure out how much each person got by how many months they'd been here. The cost of paperwork and distribution would be outrageous! Just wait till you've been here a year (LIKE EVERYONE ELSE DOES) and then enjoy the benefits of being a resident!

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#22 Sep 2, 2008
Marie wrote:
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My family is in the exact position you are, but for us only two months.
Again, why in the world should you get $1200 for having lived here only TWO MONTHS when others have lived here for YEARS, during which they were paying high prices to keep warm during cold Alaska months? Should ALASKA have to compensate you for your heat bills from another state?

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#23 Sep 2, 2008
Here's my concern. How many people are going to use the $1200 to help pay for fuel? And for low-income people, if it is counted (like the PFD is) in the person's overall annual income, what's going to happen is, long after they have spent it, their rent is going to go up $30 a month. If the PFD is over $2000, that's a combined increase in rent of $80 a month ($3200 divided by 12 times .30). That would be fine if low-income people would save some of it to make up that difference. But most low-income folks need that money for something (like a car) or want something (like a HDTV). Thus they are going to struggle to make it through the balance of their rent year.
william los angeles


#24 Sep 2, 2008
I really am shocked to here you say 1200 dollars and richer in the same sentence I agree it is better than a sharp stick in the eye but your goverment is playing you for idiots and will cotinue to do so as long as you let them.

Ketchikan, AK

#25 Sep 8, 2008
Yes....This is not what it was set up for..It is not a revenue like the per fund, but a rebate for high fuel costs. And for those who do not understand how the child support division operates, they really should get an education on how that enity has become a monster, and quite illeagly . They have turned a dead beat dad law into something that has literaly dissabled families to no return..check it out!)Then make an educated opinion.)
donna wrote:
I wish you would help people who are behind on child support and who have garnished checks. These people need the energy money more than other people. They have no money or income to support themselves. They are the people who are really struggling with money cause they owe so much child support. They shouldn't have to worry about their energy check being garnished. They should just take their AK Permanent Fund Check. Help those people.

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