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Parnell declines proposed salary increase

By Associated Press 1:33 PM December 15, 2013

A Parnell spokeswoman had previously said the governor believed the suggested increase was reasonable.

JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is declining a pay increase for himself but says wage hikes for state agency heads should go forward.

Parnell’s office issued a statement Saturday saying the governor will ask a salary commission and the Legislature to honor his request. The Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission recommended increasing pay for the governor to just under $151,000, an increase of about $6,000 a year, with another 2.5 percent increase beginning July 1, 2015.

A Parnell spokeswoman had previously said the governor believed the suggested increase was reasonable. His office says he changed course “in light of budget constraints and upon further reflection.” Parnell on Thursday proposed a budget that would rely on spending from reserves.

The governor says pay hikes for agency heads, called commissioners, are needed for retention.

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