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Lawmaker: Pay raises should be addressed statewide, rather than in individual departments


JUNEAU, Alaska — Proposed cuts equal to employee raises in the departments of administration and education weren't included in a draft operating budget before the House Finance Committee.

Rep. Lynn Gattis proposed such cuts in those departments' budgets during the subcommittee process. She questioned raises in a time of cuts.

But as the committee heard subcommittee reports Monday, the Wasilla Republican said the issue needs to be addressed statewide, rather than in individual departments, and is better evaluated through legislation or standing committees.

House Finance co-chair Steve Thompson said there are legal problems with freezing one department's salaries and not another's.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports ( ) that Alaska State Employees Association Executive Director Jim Duncan said the contractual raises have been honored for two years and should be honored this coming year.

Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner,

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