The state Senate approved a state operating budget for next year Monday with provisions for two $1,000 Permanent Fund Dividends, one to be paid as soon as possible to Alaskans who qualified for the PFD in 2019 and a second in a regular PFD check sent out later in the year.

The extra PFD was added to the budget through a floor amendment to the budget offered Monday by Sen. Mike Shower, R-MatSu. The regular PFD was added to the budget Saturday by the Senate Finance Committee.

The budget now goes to the state House to concur in the Senate changes including the two PFDs. The House can be expected to reject the changes, which is customary, with final negotiations to occur in a House-Senate budget conference.

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