Wohlforth provides a historical and current look at the Alaska Permanent Fund and all of the advantages it has brought to Alaska.  Wohlforth talks through Governor Jay Hammond’s initial decision to enact the Permanent Fund Dividend and highlights how the dividend has helped Alaska achieve the lowest income inequality level in the United States.  While some politicians have tried to repeal the dividend, Wohlforth references the massive political backlash that unfolded when such politicians tried to go after the sacred cow in Alaskan politics.  Overall, Wohlforth’s article provides a thorough understanding of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend that acts as a basic income.

Charles Wohlforth, “Alaska’s dividends help make us equal and protect our common wealth

About Josh Martin

Josh Martin has written 271 articles.

Josh Martin is a recent graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science where he received an MSc in Social Policy and Planning and wrote his dissertation on the universal basic income as a possible solution to the problems facing Universal Credit in the UK. Prior to LSE, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and is originally from Decorah, Iowa.