The Alaska Libertarian Party resolves that the Permanent Fund Dividend will be restored. The below resolution will be forwarded to all legislators in the upcoming special session in October.
RESOLUTION ON THE RESTORATION OF THE
PERMANENT FUND DIVIDEND FOR ALL ALASKANS
Whereas Alaskans’ resources rights have been held in common in exchange for Statehood;
Whereas apportion royalties from these resources pay the owners of those resources, Alaskans, dividends under the Permanent Fund Dividend;
Whereas the statutory disbursement required of these funds - essentially rent on Alaskans’ property – go unpaid in favor of money to special interest groups;
Whereas the Permanent Fund Dividend is a bulwark against irresponsible expansion of state government;
Whereas Alaska Libertarians were instrumental in getting the Permanent Fund Dividend established and are determined to preserve that legacy;
Whereas numerous Alaskan statesmen, elected leaders, and governors have upheld the precept that each resident is in fact a co-owner of state resources held in trust, that these joint holdings earn royalties that are in fact the property of each Alaskan;
Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Alaskan Libertarian Party (ALP):
1. urges all state legislators to restore and return all dividend payments that have been wrongfully taken;
2. urges that all future payments be disbursed using the current statutory calculation formula;
3. urges that an amendment to the Alaska Constitution be written and passed forever protecting and establishing these property rights for all Alaskan residents; and
4. supports any and all efforts toward this end, be they executive, legislative, or citizens’ referendum.
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The Libertarian Party was founded on January 31, 1972. The Alaska Libertarian Party began it's journey toward a future of freedom and individual self-determination on December 17, 2002. The Alaska Libertarian Party (ALP) has been steadfastly supported from these beginnings to today by many members, board officials, and elected leaders. At the state level, Dick Randolph was elected to the House in 1978 and re-elected in 1980, Ken Fanning was also elected to the House in 1980, and Andre Marrou was elected to the House in 1984. In the 2010 elections, Scott Kohlhaas received 30% of the vote in a two-way race for state House. At the local level, Sara Chambers was elected to the Juneau city assembly in 2006, and Richard Robb currently serves on the as Mayor in Bethel, winning his election in 2009 and Ken Jones on the Cordova City Council in 2017.
We are now in transition. We have had some successes, but face many challenges. The current group of Libertarians in Alaska have large shoes to fill. Our first order of business is to expand the Libertarian message across Alaska, to gain seats at all levels of office, that we may one day "Take over Alaska, and leave everyone alone".
At both the state and national level, there are comings and goings of various candidates and personalities, some very charismatic, seeking a level of political success where that is most possible, wherever that can be had. We Libertarians can be a demanding group, standing by our understanding of Libertarian principles fervently. What we should now consider going forward is the roots of Libertarianism, and its evolution our through our various state and national platforms. The principles outlined in these documents are sound. A future built upon them is certain.
Some underestimate us, but make no mistake, this is nothing short of a worldwide political renaissance. It is based on the idea of individualism - that no person or group outside of yourself has a higher claim on your life than you do. This is the antithesis of all forms of collectivism - where the group is higher in importance than each one of us.
We instead see a future where Alaskans are empowered, the individual is respected, and our Libertarian principles provide the light that guides us into a new way of life. We're glad to have you along!