Thursday, April 21, 2011

PFD Stupidity

Here is a completely insane PFD tidbit that parents expecting babies at the end of the year might like to know.

In my extended family, a relative of mine had her first child on New Years Eve a new months back. They applied for the Alaskan Permanent Fund Dividend for the new baby and got turned down. Apparently babies have to be born before 12/28 to qualify for a PFD in the year they were born. Three days breathing Alaskan air instead of Alaskan air filtered through that umbilical cord is what it takes to be an Alaskan.

How crazy is this? How much money could Alaska be saving not giving families with young children that were born on 12/29, 12/30 or 12/31 a PFD for the year that they were born in? As far as I'm concerned if a mother lived in Alaska her entire pregnancy, so did that baby ... and if that baby was born at 11:59 on 12/31 then they should qualify for a PFD in the year that they were born in.

Isn't part of the reason that Alaskans get a PFD to spread the money around the Alaskan economy? Have the nincompoops that added this regulation checked the price of formula and diapers recently?