State Commission Cuts Back on Legislative Per Diem

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The State Officers Compensation Commission voted today on a proposed measure to cut Alaska lawmaker salaries by 10 percent.
The move was suggested as a way to have lawmakers make sacrifices given the financial difficulties caused by Alaska's budget deficit.
The budget failed in a 2-to-2 vote, with one member absent.
Lawmakers' annual salaries will remain at $50,400 for the foreseeable future.
While the commission didn't change the salary of lawmakers, it did change the law with regard to per diem.
Starting next year, lawmakers that live within 50 miles of the session location will *not be eligible for per diem.
That will affect three legislators when session is held in Juneau.
More legislators would be affected if a special session took place in Anchorage.
Unless challenged, the proposed per diem alterations will become law 60 days after being submitted to the governor and Legislature.