Raiding the Permanent Fund – Keep your hands out of the cookie jar

Raiding the Permanent Fund – Keep your hands out of the cookie jar

  • Post published:February 7, 2019
  • Post category:Issues
 
3) If the legislature were to pass a raid of the fund, here’s what it would look like mechanically:
     a) It would take about two years to process and get results from a statewide vote;
     b) It would take an extra two years (at best) to get Congress’s opinion back on a change to the beneficiaries (if providing for early childhood education, as an example).
Four years for an answer – and who knows if it would be affirmative. 
 
It is estimated by the year 2025, the state will be withdrawing $1 billion dollars annually from the fund at the current five percent (5%) withdrawal rate!  A billion dollars per year! And this can be accomplished without endangering the fund in about the same time it would take to get an answer on a move that will jeopardize the fund for future use. Leave it alone and let it grow, let it grow, let it grow!
 
Let’s keep our hands out of the cookie jar.
 
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