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Rep. Pruitt: No support for budget without an answer on PFD

Rep. Lance Pruitt addresses the House during the 31st Legislature.

Juneau, Alaska (AP) - The fight over the dividend Alaskans receive from the state's oil-wealth fund could hamper efforts to finalize a state infrastructure budget.

Major provisions in the capital budget draft that advanced from the House Finance Committee Tuesday would require support from three-quarters of the House, or at least 30 of the House's 40 members.

House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt says he cannot see any of his 15 members lending their support without funding for an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend settled.

Lawmakers have been unable to come to agreement on the size of dividend that should be paid this year. House Speaker Bryce Edgmon says he expects a future special session on the dividend.

The current special session expires Friday. The dividend and capital budget are the remaining unresolved items.

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