The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. predicts the size of the annual dividend check that qualifying Alaskans will receive this year will be considerably more than the $900 checks distributed in 2013, and may approach the all-time record.
"I think the punchline is that the dividend is going to be right about doubling from last year," said Mike Burns, the executive director of APFC.
That could mean a 2014 check of $1,500-$2,000, depending on how the final numbers work out, according to Burns. The largest Permanent Fund payout in history was the $2,069 paid in 2008.After suffering many years with about half of the peak dividend in 2008, Alaskans are expecting their state ownership dividend of about $2000 again. Every Alaskan resident, regardless of age, sex, gender, race, employment status, regardless of anything, will get the same dividend. This amount will once again beat Macau's yearly distribution of slightly more than US$1000.
For people who may consider this dividend a free money from the state to the people, please see the following comment at Alaska Dispatch:
Alaskan Ice · Top Commenter · Petersburg, Alaska
I often wonder why people are so apologetic about receiving the pfd. It's money you earned people! Your resources were sold and a fraction of the proceeds was invested and paid out to you later. Honestly the pfd points out the failure of government in that we do not see equal blessing from all resource sales. The fact is that most of our resources are given away or subsidized and we pay the cleanup tab. The rip of fisheries rationalization was that the resource IFQ's that belonged to all were given to the few, making medieval Lords whose sons, daughters, and neighbors cannot easily get into the marketing of a resource they are (arguably were) a shareholder of. We are an owner state and it's high time we stop apologizing for that as if groveling and masochism has become the new self respect! We are owners people, let's start acting like it and start working in our own (united) best interests. It is for such purposes that government was instituted among man (securing to individuals life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness).