Did you know that Alaska will actually pay you to live there? It's called the Alaska Permanent Fund and the short story is that because of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline flows through the state everybody who lives in Alaska gets money each year. Yea, free money!
There are some rules involved so you have to live there the entire year and you can't be a dead beat criminal (non-criminal dead beats should be okay so many of the people we've seen on Alaska State Troopers are good to go). That's it and they'll give you some cash each year for hanging around.
Now, we're not talking about yachts and super cars type cash but it's all better than a sharp stick in the eye as my grandmother would say. This year it looks to be $878.00 per person in the state but back in 2008 it was over $3,000.00. Still, who would complain about that? Turns out a lot of people are complaining about it as I've stumbled onto a few Google+ posts on it.
I won't single out the goof balls by linking to them but here is an article about it. I love how they give a list of what the $878 will buy in Alaska. I mean, should I feel sad that the free $878 each person gets is only enough to cover "About 4 1/2 months of an HD cable television package, including land line and Internet service, in Anchorage." Oh, poor things. It's expensive in Alaska because it's remote, this is why you'll always see things like "prices in Alaska and Hawaii might be higher" or "free shipping does not include Alaska or Hawaii" in ads and such. It's the price you pay to live in these places. I live in Hawaii so I know what pricey is but I'm guessing you don't exactly feel sorry for me now do you? You want cheap? Try Missouri...now that's a place that should be paying you to live there!
The whole thing seems pretty strange when you think about it. What exactly did this pipeline do to the citizens that they need to be paid for it? I wouldn't want a utility pipeline in my backyard (though I do have one buried close by) but at the same time I don't see other states paying people to run pipelines through their state (and these things are everywhere really, it's how all sorts of gas/fuel is moved around the country).
Wouldn't it make sense to put this money in a savings account and save it for a rainy day in Alaska? For example, when the inevitable man made oil related disaster strikes again? Or maybe it can be used to feed the hungry, certainly you have those problems like the rest of the world? Or maybe it should be saved for when the oil runs out? There is a reason Dubai is building all things crazy and fun in their little corner of the world, it's so they have a Plan B when the oil dries up. I mean, it's not like there will be another season of Sarah Palin's Alaska to show us how much fun you can have shooting beautiful animals in the freezing cold so what's the plan Alaska?