Dems ask Colberg to weigh in on rebate

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2008

JUNEAU - Juneau Rep. Andrea Doll joined fellow Democratic Reps. Berta Gardner, Bob Buch and Scott Kawasaki in asking Attorney General Talis Colberg to solve a situation that would deny some qualifying Alaskans from receiving an energy rebate this year.

The $1,200 rebates are tied to the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend program, and Alaskans who qualified for 2008 PFDs but did not apply will be cut out of the rebate program.

The lawmakers asked Colberg to allow Alaskans who otherwise qualify for the PFD to fill out an application form for the energy rebate.

Anchorage's Gardner introduced an amendment to address this issue during the recent special legislative session, but it was defeated on a party-line vote.

"These rebates are intended to help Alaskan families," stated Doll in a press release. "We can't allow a bureaucratic glitch to make the process unfair. It just doesn't make sense to disqualify people from one program simply because they chose not to participate in another."

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