ANCHORAGE - An Alaska Office of the Ombudsman report criticized how a Palmer Correctional Center inmate was punished.
JUNEAU - The Senate Finance Committee on Friday advanced a bill that would reject recommended pay increases for top state officials. Committee co-chair Kevin Meyer said he supported the recommendations of the State Officers Compensation Commission.
JUNEAU - The Alaska Legislature starts its first full week of work of the session Monday, with lawmakers set to dig into plans to advance a natural gas pipeline project and salary increases for top officials.
JUNEAU - House Democratic lawmakers announced plans Friday to introduce legislation that would reject proposed pay raises for Alaska's governor and other top state officials. Reps.
JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate passed legislation Monday rejecting pay raises for top state officials, with a Democrat saying the increases were not deserved. "In the real world, you get paid for your performance," said Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage.
JUNEAU - In years past, work in the Legislature during the first week of March would slow substantially, if not grind to a near halt, to allow lawmakers to travel to The Energy Council and other meetings in Washington, D.C.
...A final report is due during next year's legislative session.Nicki Neal, director of the state Division of Personnel and Labor Relations, said by email that the increases would be effective July 1, unless a bill disapproving all the recommendations...
JUNEAU - Five Alaska State Troopers are suing over the way union dues are collected, arguing the current system infringes upon their constitutional rights.
JUNEAU - Alaska legislative leaders are urging Gov. Sean Parnell to negotiate no raises in union labor contracts amid concerns about state budget costs.
Gov. Sarah Palin's new administration nearly has completed a series of union contract negotiations, giving what some union officials called the best deals they've had in years.
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