Talk of Alaska: The budget, PFD, and new revenue ideas

The Alaska Capitol on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Nat Herz/Alaska Public Media)

Lawmakers have about a month left to finish the business of building a state budget that pays for mandated services, and is balanced. There’s a lot of daylight between ideas for a spending plan that satisfies the numerous needs across the state without draining savings and paying a large permanent fund dividend. Will legislators find consensus on a budget by mid-May that the Governor will also agree to? We discuss the ideas for Alaska’s fiscal future on this Talk of Alaska.


HOST: Lori Townsend


  • James Brooks – Government reporter, Alaska Beacon
  • Larry Persily – Longtime Alaskan journalist, owner of the Wrangell Sentinel


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 18, at 10 a.m. on Alaska public radio stations statewide.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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