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Meet the woman who gives every Alaskan $2,000 a year

  • Max de Haldevang
By Max de Haldevang

Geopolitics reporter

Next week, the Alaskan government is expected to give each of its citizens a check—typically for around $2,000.

The “dividend” is one of the benefits of living in the state that houses America’s biggest sovereign wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund. Dubbed by some an “amazing true socialist miracle” in one of the reddest US states, it’s often held up as a precursor to Universal Basic Income. Hillary Clinton toyed with proposing an expansion of the model across the country named “Alaska for America,” and California’s governor has talked of handing out a “data dividend.”

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