Alaska Senior Benefits Payment Program set to end on July 1st
The Dunleavy administration has confirmed that Alaska's Senior Benefits Payment Program will not continue into the coming fiscal year, which begins on Monday, July 1st. The program, which gives a monthly allowance to low-income older Alaskans, serves approximately 11,320 recipients currently receiving cash benefits across three different tiers of eligibility. It would take a three quarters majority vote from lawmakers to overturn the governor's veto.
According to the governor's press secretary, Matt Shuckerow, the program can be traced back to the Longevity Bonus Program- established in 1972. That original program was discontinued 16 years ago, but in 2004- another short-term senior assistance program was implemented. It was officially renamed the Alaska Senior Benefits Program in 2007.
The governors team says the program is being terminated in order to lower costs while reducing dependence of individuals on state funds.