I was dismayed to read that the $1,200 energy assistance rebates that were approved Thursday night by the Legislature will be added to this year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks.
My wife and I moved to Alaska in March from Washington state. We are contributing, tax-paying, politically active members of our community and pay the same fuel prices as everyone else. But, because we are not eligible to receive a permanent fund dividend disbursement this year, we also are being excluded from this much-needed energy assistance rebate.
By choosing to add this rebate to the permanent fund dividend disbursements, the Legislature is, in fact, excluding anyone who moved to the state on or after Jan. 2, 2007.
I think this decision is extremely unfair to new or newer Alaska residents and comes across as quite unfriendly.