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Issue Position: Permanent Fund Dividends

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My office will also be committed to helping assure that all military personal entitled to permanent fund dividends get those dividends.

Did you know that an Alaskan serving as a member of the United States Congress or serving on the staff of an Alaskan member of the United States Congress get a special benefit that Alaskans who are members of the United States Military do not get?

It's called the "10 Year Rule" and here is how it works.

If you are an Alaskan resident who is absent from the State of Alaska due to military service current Alaska law allows for you to receive your Permanent Fund Dividend for 10 years. After 10 years you are no longer eligible, unless you can show you have not been absent for more than 180 days, which for someone serving in the military is nearly impossible. Interestingly enough the Alaska Congressional delegation and their staff are exempted from this "10 Year Rule."

That's just lousy! As the old adage goes "What's good for the goose is good for the gander." Our service members should not be subject to the "10 Year Rule" when members of our Congressional delegation and their staff are exempt from the Rule. That is only fair. As your state Representative I will introduce and support legislation to eliminate the "10 Year Rule."


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