Letters: Parnell shouldn't accept pay raise until schools get one

Gov. Sean Parnell’s salary is up for consideration of a cost of living increase of 2.5 percent in each of the next two years. Really?!

How is it that the same governor who has vowed to veto any increase in the base student allocation for years is getting a cost of living salary increase himself?

The “base student allocation” is the main source of funding for Alaska schools and yet it hasn’t had a “cost of living” increase in years. Costs keep rising but schools are expected to just stretch the same dollars to make ends meet. One way school districts have addressed this is to deny school district employees a cost of living salary increase — like the one Alaska is giving to the governor.

I find it interesting that Gov. Parnell is fine with accepting a cost of living salary increase for himself while effectively blocking a cost of living increase for others.

If the State of Alaska cannot afford an increase in the base student allocation, then it cannot afford a salary increase for our governor.

The comment period for this salary increase ends Dec. 3, and I hope folks who believe this to be unfair let the Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission know.

Carole Bookless

Douglas, Alaska

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