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What others say: Lawmakers should share in state's budget cuts

...significant budget cuts, we suggest lawmakers start looking around their desks.According to documents from the Legislative Affairs Agency, the Legislature's highest-paid employee makes more than $134,000 per year before taxes. That's just...
Legislature hits overtime on budget; special session eyed

...Anchorage and Fairbanks are scheduled to arrive beginning Wednesday, said Pam Varni, executive director of the Legislative Affairs Agency. Computers in certain offices could remain if the session runs long or there is a special session.Walker...
Alaska lawmakers approve $500K furniture budget

...Inc., which bid more than $343,000, compared to low bidder Pyramid Audio Video, at nearly $291,000.Legislative Affairs Agency director Pam Varni said Chariot reached a higher overall score in a bid review.By using existing furniture...
Who is benefitting from lawmakers' excursions?

...communications technology, are we the people getting what we pay for?We have serious doubts.According to the Legislative Affairs Agency, lawmakers tallied $710,300 in state-reimbursed travel expenses in 2010. That number doesn't include...
Parnell won't change state email policy

...still public records and subject to the law, he said.The Legislature considers its own emails to be confidential and does not have an email retention policy for them, said Pam Varni, executive director of the Legislative Affairs Agency.
Legislator proposes greater accountability for office funds

...non-accountable plan for office allowance accounts in 2013. That means expenses aren't run through the Legislative Affairs Agency, allowing lawmakers to administer their own accounts. But the agency is required to take out taxes and deductions...
Extra session taxes public?s resources

...for those legislators who live within driving distance of the state?s largest city. Never mind that the Legislative Affairs Agency has determined that meeting in Anchorage will cost the state more money. The agency estimates a three-day...
Breathing room: Capitol complex expands in time for session

...skybridge and terrazzo tile in the stairwell are yet to be completed, said Pam Varni, executive director of the Legislative Affairs Agency, which operates the complex. Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho, who helped get the project started, said it is...
LIO keeps open lines of communication with Juneau

...part of the information that is available at the LIO and through the website. The Legislature, through the Legislative Affairs Agency, has made it very easy for "the average person" to be connected to session in Juneau. My personal mission...
Lawmakers split on decision to send 21 to D.C.

...wouldn't be available until mid-April. According to Karla Schofield, the deputy director of accounting for the Legislative Affairs Agency, in 2009 26 legislators went to the same conference at total cost of $59,488.96. She said that while...


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