FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Wednesday night Governor Mike Dunleavy announced that the Permanent Fund Dividend would be paid out staring on July 1. Traditionally the payments have been distributed in early to late October.
Stephen Snider said that the early PFD payout is genius. (John Dougherty/KTVF)
We went onto the streets of Fairbanks and spoke with Alaska residents about their thoughts on the early payment.
"I think it's genius,” said Stephen Snider. "COVID-19 is affecting so many families, and right now we are hitting that tourism season, the park feels pretty empty, there's not a lot of tourism, I think it's great for those families that are really depending on that income."
"Well I suppose for a lot of people it's really important if they have been out of work and they are hurting, you know, financially, so it's a good thing that they can have some money coming in sooner rather than later,” Kim Johnson said. “For myself, I have been fairly steadily employed during this whole thing so it doesn't matter either way to me personally."
"I think it is great because the situation we have because of COVID-19, there is a lot of families that struggle with money and pay rent and pay bills, so I think some will get the money for that will be a lot of help," Wayley Pardes said.
The payment is set to be $1,000, and will start being distributed in July and will continue through August.
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