Panel Advances Pay Plan For Top State Officials

A panel has advanced a proposal recommending pay raises for Alaska’s governor, lieutenant governor and principal department heads.

The State Officers Compensation Commission met to finalize preliminary recommendations Wednesday. A public hearing is planned before a final report is submitted to the Legislature.

The director of the state Division of Personnel and Labor Relations has said the increases would be effective July 1, unless a bill disapproving all the recommendations is enacted.

Under the proposal, the governor’s salary would go from $145,000 a year to $150,873. The lieutenant governor’s salary would go from $115,000 to $119,658. Each would get another 2.5 percent beginning July 1, 2015.

Commissioner salaries would go from $136,350 to $146,143, with additional raises for 2014 and 2015 provided through a bill passed during the last legislature.