ALASKANS: The PFD is no longer safe in the law. SB26 passed this session gives no protection to the PFD. The only safe place for the PFD is in the Alaska Constitution. Vote for candidates who support this!
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO HELP. ALL FUNDS GO FOR OUTREACH TO ALASKANS ACROSS THE STATE TO SAVE THE PFD. WE ARE AN ALL VOLUNTEER, EDUCATIONAL GROUP. MAILING ADDRESS TO SEND A $5 CHECK OR MORE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO DONATE ONLINE: PERMANENT FUND DEFENDERS, PO BOX 771073, EAGLE RIVER, AK 99577.
We urge Alaskans to vote for candidates who will protect the PFD with the current formula in the Alaska Constitution.
Thanks for doing your part!
The 2018 Legislature adjourned. SB26 passed. What does that mean? It means Legislators are not fixing problems and looking for easy ways to get money. Like a regressive tax with a PFD cut. The Permanent Fund and Dividend are in danger of more raids. Alaskan voters have stopped Legislators from changing the PFD law for the last three years. Politicians constantly tried to restructure the PFD in law. But they don’t follow the law anyway! So changes must be made government to secure the PFD and People’s rights.
REKINDLE THE SPIRIT TO PROTECT THE PFD LIKE IT’S 1999!
In a 1999 advisory vote, AK voters rejected a PFD raid by a landslide – 83%. The economy looked grim then too. Permanent Fund Defenders thank all Alaskans who are fired up to save the PFD and taking action. Your donations got the word out in radio ads in Anchorage and the Valley to stop the raid for 2 months. Legislators backed off from change to the PFD in law because they fear you – the VOTERS.
KTUU news, Rich Mauer writes (5/11/18) that the statewide organization Permanent Fund Defenders is working with Alaskan volunteers to rekindle that spirit among voters. One of its leaders, Juneau attorney Joe Geldhof, said Alaskans should elect legislators who would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot which would require the state to pay dividends.
Joe Geldhof, Permanent Fund Defenders said, “The current politicians have shown they are unable and unwilling to follow existing law that requires dividend distribution. They’ve found workarounds through the budget process to not pay what the statute says. The only way we can prevent them from looting the Permanent Fund dividend to every Alaskan is to put it in the Constitution.” Get the Vote Out and Stop the Raid, Alaskans!
Stop SB26!! Send outrage to the House lawmakers now. Clem Tillion is a founder of the Permanent Fund and PFD. Please SHARE his message. Join this fight for the PFD at www.pfdak.com Like Permanent Fund Defenders
Posted by Permanent Fund Defenders on Sunday, April 15, 2018
IT’S TIME TO DEMAND CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION FOR THE PFD OR IT WILL BE LOST!
For over a year, the Senate has blocked public testimony and vote on SJR1 to lock the current PFD formula in the Alaska Constitution. Senators Wielechowski, Shower and Costello forced a hearing by a Committee majority to discuss this important legislation. Here’s a must-see video with Sen. Wielechowski’s statement (4/7/18) at the Senate Judiciary Committee on why Alaskans need this constitutional protection for their PFD resource share.
Click this link for Sen. Wielechowski’s explanation on why we must protect the PFD in the AK Constitution:
The Permanent Fund Belongs to Alaskans
“The Permanent Fund comes from the oil owned by the State of Alaska. Like oil, the Fund belongs to the people of Alaska collectively. The Alaska Constitution (Article 8, Sec. 2) requires that all natural resources belonging to the state be used, developed and conserved for the maximum benefit of the people. In short, the Fund is a Constitutional right, not a gift bestowed by a generous government.” From An Alaskan’s Guide to the Permanent Fund (1998) by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation.
Protect Your AK Home And Shareholder Rights
The Permanent Defenders is an educational, non-partisan, non-profit group dedicated to protecting the Permanent Fund and PFD for current and future generations. Join us in stopping the Raid on the People’s money and Alaskan rights.
Permanent Fund Defenders Leaders
- Clem Tillion
- Dr. Jack Hickel
- Roselynn Cacy
- Rick Halford
- Joe Geldhof
- Jim Sykes
- Sen. Bill Wielechowski
- Jon Faulkner
- Gregg Erickson
- Walter Jim, Orutsararmiut Native Council
- Milt Barker
- Vernon Smith, PhD, Nobel Laureate
- Todd Moss, PhD, Center for Global Development
Bella Hammond and Vic Fischer, Alaska’s beloved elder leaders, speak out to save our Permanent Fund and PFD.
Many Alaska lawmakers say that constituents don't understand budget issues and Alaskans should not vote on a PFD cut and Permanent Fund restructure. Rep. Bryce Edgmon and Sen. Cathy Giessel have said this openly in media interviews. Here's an economic expert you can quote who wholeheartedly disagrees with legislators who are raiding the Fund. Dr. Vernon Smith, PhD from Harvard and a Nobel Laureate in Economics (2002) recently met with Permanent Fund Defenders in Anchorage and said he's a "tremendous admirer of the Permanent Fund and the principle of citizens, not the government, owning public resources." Dr. Smith is especially qualified to comment on our fiscal situation because he lived here from 2003-2004 as the Rasmuson Chair of Economics at UAA. Gov. Hammond discussed the Fund and PFD with Smith who went on to promote a Permanent Fund and PFD for Iraq. In 2005, Smith met with the Bush Administration on the Iraqi Fund and they endorsed the plan. But sadly, Iraq's civil conflict and the US departure from the region blocked progress for an Iraqi Permanent Fund. Smith says,“The Alaska Permanent Fund was envisioned as the citizen’s share of the oil resource and that should not be surrendered lightly. Certainly not without the consent of and vote of Alaskans." More of Smith's comments at: http://www.frontiersman.com/opinions/spectrum/alaskan-looks-to-nobel-laureate-for-views-on-permanent-fund/article_e45f1dce-3ce2-11e6-8e43-6783773ae7c8.html
Posted by Permanent Fund Defenders on Saturday, October 14, 2017