Panel proposes higher Alaska lawmaker salary, allowance cut

    State Capital Building

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A commission tasked with making recommendations for state legislative pay has advanced a proposal to raise the annual salary for Alaska lawmakers from $50,400 to $64,000 and place limits on the daily allowance lawmakers receive.

    The State Officer Compensation Commission called on Tuesday for capping the allowance known as per diem at $100 a day and making the allowance reimbursement-based.

    Currently, lawmakers who do not live in Juneau are entitled to session per diems of $293 per day.

    The commission plans to meet January 18 to finalize its recommendations. Lawmakers will then have to decide if they want to reject them.

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