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

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING

 

More

Please help the Dreamers

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaskans have not yet given up on one fight you have championed: protecting Dreamers with permanent legislation so they can continue to... Read more

Protect the Permanent Fund

When I read today that our dividend is going to be taken away completely it became clear that our legislative reps were not paying attention... Read more

On rescinding Obama-era marijuana enforcement guidelines

Marijuana by U.S law is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. I extracted the information below from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official... Read more

One griz, two bull elephants

Perhaps I’m jaded, or at least distracted. But spotting headlines about Gov. Bill Walker brokering a $43 billion natural gas project with China didn’t interest... Read more