JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan, R-Palmer, is proposing to let people donate money to their local schools by checking off a box on their permanent fund dividend application.
The checkoff would be voluntary, Ogan said, and contributors could choose to donate 10, 30 or 50 percent of their dividends.
The money would go to an applicant's local school district or regional educational attendance area, not to the state Department of Education and Early Development.
Ogan said he has been advised the contribution would be tax deductible.
Nanci Jones, director of the Permanent Fund Dividend Division, said the division has tried to discourage checkoff programs in the past because they would be cumbersome to administer.
The division would abide by whatever passes the Legislature, she added. She had not yet seen Ogan's proposal, House Bill 400.
The bill has been referred to the State Affairs, Health, Education and Social Services and Finance Committees in the House.
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