Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell holds up a sign with the amount of this year's Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend checks during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska. The checks will ... more 
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell holds up a sign with the amount of this year's Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend checks during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska. The checks will begin appearing in Alaskans' bank accounts on Oct. 6, 2011. Last year's amount was $1,281. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Mark Thiessen
Tue, Sep 20, 2011 4:41 PM EDT