Alaska governor challenges news media headline; calls it ‘inaccurate’

Governor Mike Dunleavy took offense to a headline from Anchorage Daily News released Tuesday. The ADN article entitled 'Dunleavy sets dividend at $1,600,' addressed the governor's most recent statements on House Bill 2001. (Photo Courtesy of the Office of the Governor via Facebook)

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Governor Mike Dunleavy took offense to a headline from Anchorage Daily News released Tuesday.

The ADN article entitled 'Dunleavy sets dividend at $1,600,' addressed the governor's most recent statements on House Bill 2001. In a Facebook video, the governor said the story's title is not true, adding that the legislature chose that value of the Permanent Fund Dividend and he decided not to veto it. He went on to repeat himself from a previous video that aired Monday on Facebook, stating that he continues to support the statutory calculation.

"If the press isn't going to get it right, we're going to go directly to you with all the facts and all the figures so you understand what is going on," said Governor Dunleavy. "You may hear from those at the press that were not as accessible as some others may have been in the past. We'll continue to be accessible to the press, but when we see headlines like this, which aren't true, we have to correct those mistakes by going directly to you."

Although no details have been released, the governor says he is planning a third special session this year to focus on the PFD. He says the reason for that session would be to raise the PFD from $1,600 to the statutory value, which is around $3,000 for this year.

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