JUNEAU (AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents on Friday backed an employee pay raise that will boost the already uncertain funding request the university has made to the Legislature.
The regents approved a 1.5 percent pay increase for the non-union university staff, pending legislative approval. Those workers haven't had a pay hike since 1994.
The proposal would adds $1.5 million on top of the $16.9 million increase contained in the university's legislative budget request for next year.
Fairbanks Rep. Jim Whitaker, a Republican who serves on the House Finance Committee, was skeptical about securing the additional $1.5 million.
''I don't (think it is realistic),'' he said, ''But we'll certainly consider it.''
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