Arctic Summit Week and the Permanent Fund Dividend
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Arctic Summit Week
Last weekend I traveled home to attend the Arctic Science Summit Week. The annual gathering of international scientists and policymakers from around the globe met with a common goal to advance Arctic research. Through separate but related meetings and events, the Summit provided opportunities for international coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all fields of Arctic science. I had the opportunity to attend these discussions in Fairbanks this year.
Of all the meetings I took part in, one particular group stood out—the Model Arctic Council, a group of young people from Fairbanks who took part in a project which mirrors the Arctic Council.
The Model Arctic Council from Fairbanks paired with six Permanent Participants, a group of indigenous people from arctic regions, and unveiled the 2016 Fairbanks Declaration. This declaration, which reaffirms a commitment to maintain peace, stability and constructive cooperation in the Arctic, will be used as an example vision statement for the Arctic Council. It’s great to see young people from our community producing work that will inspire on an international level.
Public Testimony on Governor’s Plan for the Permanent Fund Thursday, March 24
The Senate Finance Committee will open public testimony at different times around the state for SB 128, the Governor’s bill to restructure the Permanent Fund to divide revenues between dividends and state services.
For residents of Fairbanks who would like to make a public comment, please visit the Fairbanks Legislative Information Office at 1292 Sadler Way in the Alaska USA building next to Home Depot from 10:30-11:30 Thursday, March 24.
You can get more information and related documentation about SB128 by clicking here.
PFD Deadline MARCH 31st!
The deadline to file for your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend is March 31! Click on the link below to file online: http://pfd.alaska.gov/
Rep. Guttenberg visiting with Goldstream Boy Scouts during his trip to Fairbanks. Left to right, Lilly Davidge, Jerome Burkett, Rick Davidge and Trey Burkett and Phil Burkett.