- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Sean Parnell’s office says he has signed legislation rejecting recommended pay increases for himself, the lieutenant governor and main department heads.

Parnell, in a release, called SB125 a “sensible piece of legislation,” given the current budget situation. He had previously said he would decline a pay raise for himself.

SB125, from the Senate Finance Committee, passed the Legislature unanimously.

The State Officers Compensation Commission recommended the increases as a way for those positions to catch up with pay increases for other executive-branch employees.

The salaries were to take effect July 1, unless a bill disapproving the recommendations was enacted within 60 days of the commission submitting its recommendations to the Legislature.

The director of the Division of Personnel and Labor Relations said the recommendations were formally submitted Jan. 30.