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My Turn: Controversial ideas needed during tough times

...departments and programs. Regardless of how the final budget turns out, these cuts likely mean, to name just a few: state workers won't get raises; Medicaid benefits may get reduced; schools will eliminate programs; and our ferries will reduce...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-05-01/my-turn-controversial-ideas-needed-du
Opinion
Legislature gavels in for special session

...said the governor's budget plan does not include the scheduled 2.5 percent cost-of-living raises for certain state workers not covered by unions. Lawmakers passed a bill repealing those raises.Compared with the compromise budget, Walker's...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-29/legislature-gavels-special-session
State
Alaska Senate approves budget; proposal now goes to House

...a portion of school bond debt payments. They also voted to repeal scheduled 2.5-percent pay raises for certain state workers not covered by unions.Supporters of efforts to cancel planned raises for union and non-union workers said it was...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-27/alaska-senate-approves-budget-proposal-
State
Special session kicks into gear Tuesday

...next year. But Pitney said it does not include the scheduled 2.5-percent cost-of-living raises for certain state workers not covered by unions. Lawmakers passed a bill repealing those raises.Compared with the compromise budget, Walker's...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-28/special-session-kicks-gear-tuesday
State
Ferry budget add-backs reconsidered

...met for the first time in days to re-open some closed ferry system budget items and to approve a cut to unionized state worker salaries.The conference committee last week approved a $1.75 million add-back to ferries, effectively undoing...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-23/ferry-budget-add-backs-reconsidered
State | AK legislature
Leadership takes actions, not just words

...not being able to honor negotiated pay increases for state workers. Is this more than words? In addition to their legislative...financially able to weather difficult times than many of the state workers, especially those on the low end of the pay scale...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-04-23/leadership-takes-actions-not-just-wor
Letters
Domestic violence prevention dollars deleted

...is expected to be dealing with some tough topics, including education and Alaska Marine Highway System funding and state worker salary increases.Once the conference committee finishes its pass through the operating budget, the result will go...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-14
State | AK legislature
Senate agrees with House; passes bill vetoing 2.5 percent raise for state's nonunion employees

...3 million per year on pay.Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, offered an amendment that would have given state workers the option of a voluntary unpaid furlough. It was voted down.Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, said passing the...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/senate-agrees-house-passes-bill-vetoing
State | AK legislature
Salary decrease squeaks through House

...like doing this" and that she "(relies on exempt state workers) on a regular basis," but said she would vote to...was taken up by House Finance because of the number of state workers she represents. She said she was surprised it passed...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-15/salary-decrease-squeaks-through-house
State | AK legislature
State worker raises on chopping block

...along a bill that nixes scheduled pay raises for some state workers.In 2013, legislation scheduled raises for non-covered...voted against the bill because she represents so many state workers. About a quarter of Juneau's workforce is employed...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-13/state-worker-raises-chopping-block
State | AK legislature

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