Serve state workers money, not ice cream

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2005

I was appalled but not surprised to see that the governor was just given a pay raise of over 50 percent to $125,000 a year by the Legislature.

The story should have been on the front page of the Empire, but instead it was hidden back on Page A3 of Wednesday's edition.

Funny how this occurs at the same time the governor and the Legislature are looking for ways to gut state employees' retirement and health benefits. This is the same Legislature that gave itself a sizable cost-of-living increase a few years ago.

Their argument was that the cost of living in Juneau was so high they needed the extra money to stay here for three months. What about the state workers that live here 12 months of the year? Nope, no cost of living increase for them. Instead they look for ways to take more away.

A recent article in the Anchorage Daily News pointed out that state workers salaries have declined 31 percent over the last 20 years after adjusting for inflation. Sure, they'll serve ice cream to state employees in the foyer of the State Office Building and tell us how special we are as they look for ways to suck the life out of us.

John Carlile


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