Gov. Dunleavy takes issue with media coverage

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy took issue with media coverage in explaining why he announced by video his decision on the state budget and the oil-wealth fund dividend that will be paid to residents.

    Dunleavy told reporters Tuesday his administration will continue to make direct appeals to Alaskans.

    Dunleavy's announcement on the budget and dividend was widely anticipated, with questions about whether he would accept the roughly $1,600 dividend approved by lawmakers.

    That amount is lower than the roughly $3,000 dividend he has pushed for in line with a longstanding calculation that has not been followed since 2016 and that many lawmakers see as unsustainable.

    He accepted the Legislature's action but said he considered it a partial payment. He says he hopes lawmakers will finish work on what he calls an incomplete dividend.

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