Legislator pay cut won't happen this year

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) A proposed 10-percent cut in Alaska lawmakers pay this year may have ended in a 3-3 deadlock vote by the State Officers Compensation Commission Tuesday.

There was one member absent Tuesday which resulted in the tie vote. The pay cut was suggested as a way to deal with budget constraints.  There was also debate over whether a 10-percent pay cut would dissuade people from running for office.

The commission did vote 6-0 to keep the per diem at the federal level.  They did decide to cut the per diem for any legislator whose primary residence is within 50 miles of where the session is held.  That would affect Juneau's three state lawmakers Sam Kito, Justin Parrish and Dennis Egan.  If a special session were held in Anchorage, more legislators would be impacted.

The State Division of Personnel and labor relations said the recommendation becomes law within 60 days after being submitted to the governor and legislature provided a bill to the contrary is not introduced and passed into law this session.



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