Tentative deal on pay raises for state workers could end extended Alaska legislative session

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska lawmakers appear to have ended a stalemate over the budget that has lasted weeks beyond the Legislature's adjournment in April.

Lawmakers announced late Wednesday afternoon that a tentative compromise has been reached on the main sticking point: pay raises for state employees.

The Alaska Dispatch News (http://bit.ly/1MKh983 ) reports the compromise calls for preserving pay raises next year for state workers.

Lawmakers would ask Gov. Bill Walker to hold pay raises flat when it negotiates future contracts. They would also seek provisions allowing contracts to be renegotiated if oil goes above $95 a barrel or below $45 a barrel.

The House and Senate could take up the proposed deal during floor meetings Thursday.

Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, http://www.adn.com

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