HB 379 would freeze state government wages until oil prices rise

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The Alaska Legislature's House Finance Committee will take public testimony today, April 21, 2016, at 8:30 am on House Bill 379, pertaining to a state employee wage freeze (until oil hits $80 a barrel) for about 12,000 of the 17,000 state workers. 

Opponents have called this a "statement bill," or a bill that is going nowhere, but is meant to send a message.
Other Alaskans are speaking up to say that in a time of crisis, when thousands of Alaskans have lost their private sector jobs, the governor must do more to contain costs.

Rather than begin by laying off thousands of state workers, the governor has the ability to freeze wages, and help avoid crashing the economy. Alaskans would like to know where their lawmakers stand on a temporary state employee wage freeze.

Details on the hearing can be found here.

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