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Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission Issues Preliminary Findings

(Juneau, AK) – The Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission issued its preliminary findings and recommendations for 2011 on November 9, 2010.

In this report for public comment, the commission recommends the governor’s salary increase from $125,000 to $175,000 and the lieutenant governor’s salary increase from $100,000 to $135,000.  The commission also proposes to adopt a mechanism of some type that will periodically adjust these salaries and the salaries of principal executive department heads for cost-of-living increases.

A salary of $175,000 would not make the governor the highest paid state employee.  In calendar year 2009 there would have been 19 employees of the executive branch and 10 employees of the judicial branch with higher salaries.  Additionally, the head of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is paid $320,760 and the head of the Alaska Railroad Corporation is paid $280,000.

Public hearings on the recommendations will be held on December 7, 2010 and January 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office, 716 W. Fourth Avenue, Suite 220 in Anchorage.

The commission’s report and background information is available at:  http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/socc/.

For more information on the Commission or its report contact Nicki Neal, secretary to the commission and Director of the Division of Personnel and Labor Relations at 465-4429 or nicki.neal@alaska.gov

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