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Concern raised about same-sex benefit requirements a serious health condition of a same-sex partner. Proposed changes also would include same-sex partners of state workers in the definition of "immediate family" for purposes of leave. Stenson said his group would submit comments to the...
House approves workers' comp changes

...inflation of 4 percent in the medical cost component of the Anchorage Cost of Living, says Mike Monagle, director of the state Workers' Compensation Division."Medical costs constitute 76 percent of workers' compensation claims in Alaska, which...
What others say: Gas pipeline should be an American effort, not just Alaskan well. Recruiting from the widest possible base makes that possible.Legally, Alaska has to allow out-of-state workers on big construction jobs. In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court said as much when it ruled local hire requirements unconstitutional...
Board seeks more action on pension shortfall

...the recession.The state has taken steps to try to address the issue, including closing the pension system to new state workers and instead putting them on 401(k)-style plans. The state also is making scheduled payments to reduce the shortfall...
Needed: Alaska health care workers care field. The plan comes on the heels of similar efforts to address other areas, including training in-state workers for construction. "We're just encouraging, from kindergarten through 12th grade, that there be more opportunities...
Alaskans' favorite sport: Campaigns head into homestretch

...extend state health coverage to children of retired state workers. French is indirectly helping Parnell's Democratic...provision that delays this coverage for children of retired state workers, French said in an Oct. 5 letter to Parnell. French...
Peninsula man charged in weir incident

...never made it to the weir. Stumps float down the river on a daily basis, according to his observations, and the state workers risk injury whenever they work. "Those weigh thousands of pounds. How could I push them in?" he said. Vigue denied...
Rain soaks state archives

...things out -- but not water from the floor above, state workers learned Monday morning. Storm gusts blew a temporary...With the help of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, state workers turned the nearby Juneau Arts & Culture Center into...
Reader shares retirement experience

...had to make adjustments. My biggest question is, and I think that I have it right, that the teachers union and the state workers want the taxpayers who pay their wages and the permanent fund, which belongs to all Alaskans, to bail out their retirement...
Wagoner: Minority in the majority

...bonuses that encourage people to stay on the job and continue to be an active part of the government.? On extending state worker benefits to same-sex partners the state is currently under a court order to make that happen Wagoner proposes stepping...


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