Official Election Pamphlet --
Special Advisory Vote - Ballot Language
"An Act relating to income for the Alaska Permanent Fund and authorizing an advisory vote
on a long-term financial plan for the state and providing for an effective date"
Preamble: The people of Alaska created the Alaska Permanent Fund to save a portion of
Alaska's petroleum revenue for the future. After investing those savings, the original intent
and purpose was to use the earnings from those investments when Alaska's petroleum revenues
declined. Petroleum revenues have now declined substantially and are forecast to continue to
decline. Our reliance upon declining oil production and volatile oil prices constitutes an
unsustainable state budget system. The governor and state legislature seek the public's judgment
regarding a stable and sustainable long-term balanced budget plan.
Balanced Budget Plan: This will preserve the permanent fund dividend, inflation-proof the
permanent fund, support public services, and establish a Citizens' Balanced Budget Task Force.
The Balanced Budget Plan will:
Question: After paying annual dividends to residents and inflation-proofing the permanent
fund, should a portion of permanent fund investment earnings be used to help balance the state
- Spending Reductions: Continue state general fund budget reductions and commit
to long-term budget discipline and efficiencies.
- Permanent Fund Protection: Guarantee the Alaska permanent fund principal
remains untouched. Inflation-proof the permanent fund to protect its value for
all Alaskans, including future generations.
- Permanent Fund Dividends: Guarantee a dividend to eligible Alaskan residents
at a minimum of $1,700 in 1999 and $1,700 in 2000. Thereafter, the dividend will
be approximately $1,340 and will continue to grow with the value of the
permanent fund. After accounting for inflation-proofing, the dividend will be
based on 50 percent of the annual earnings payment.
- Funding for Essential Public Services: After payment of permanent fund
dividends and inflation-proofing the fund, prioritize the annual investment
earnings payment for essential public services.
- Accountability: Fully disclose expenditures from the permanent fund earnings
with each annual permanent fund dividend.
- Balanced Budget Task Force: Establish a Citizens' Balanced Budget Task Force to
present options to further reduce state spending and identify appropriate future
- Income Tax: No personal income tax is enacted as part of this plan.
YES or NO
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