PFD cut protest held at state budget forum

Published: Oct. 1, 2016 at 4:39 PM AKDT
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Early Saturday morning people waved signs calling for the recall of Alaska Governor Bill Walker.

The group rallied along Providence Drive and just outside the entrance of the Wendy Williams Auditorium where a day long forum was being held on the topic of Alaska's budget deficit.

"He needed to cut the budget," says Denise Skonieczki, who is disappointed the governor turned to the Permanent Fund Dividend for the state's financial problems.

This summer the Governor cut the amount of the PFD check in half. He said doing so will preserve the dividend into the future.

"I was using the money for dental work that I need badly," says Skonieczki. "I don't have the money now."

PFD checks will be sent out on October 6.

The group rallying to recall the governor takes major issue with the PFD cut. It says thousands of Alaskan's have signed the petition for his recall. It couldn't provide an exact number because it says signatures haven't been counted.

Joe Miller, who is now running against senator Lisa Murkowski, started the recall movement. He says about 28,000 signatures are needed initially to get the recall going and then about 80,000 are needed to actually recall Gov. Walker.