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The Alaska Citizen's Guide to the Budget

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Comparisons
Cash on the Street
Labor Cost
Grants to Local Govt
Payments to Individuals
Purchases from Business
Inflation Proofing, etc.
Intragovernmental Charges
Appropriations to COTS
Economic Impact of COTS
 
 
 

 

 

2. Cash on the Street

2.1 Labor Cost—$1.203 billion in 1999

About one-third of the operating budget is labor cost. This includes not only the salaries but also the benefits paid on behalf of the 17,451 full-time permanent, 2,811 part-time permanent, and 1,158 temporary employees.

Just under half of total personal services expenditures were generated in three state agencies—the University of Alaska, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and the Department of Health and Social Services.

State Government : Full-Time Employment

Department

Full Time
Permanent Employees

Share of Total
Labor Cost

Total

17,451

100%

University of Alaska

3,387

20.0

Transportation and Public Facilities

2,726

17.3

Health and Social Services

2,073

10.1

Corrections

1,362

7.2

Administration

1,261

6.2

Fish and Game

805

5.9

Public Safety

757

4.7

Revenue

781

3.8

Natural Resources

556

3.6

Court System

665

3.3

Labor

561

3.1

Education

461

2.7

Environmental Protection

488

2.6

Law

443

2.6

Legislature

218

1.9

Commerce and Economic Development

342

1.7

Governorís Office

187

1.1

Community and Regional Affairs

168

.9

Military and Veteran Affairs

210

.9

Source: 1999 Budget.

The use of part-time and temporary workers is concentrated in the Departments of Fish and Game, Transportation and Public Facilities, and Natural Resources. In addition, a large share of legislative employees are part-time.

State Government : Other Employment

Department

Part-Time

Temporary

Fish and Game

879

68

Transportation and Public Facilities

647

1

Legislature

271

0

Natural Resources

247

816

University of Alaska

233

0

All other

534

274

Source: 1999 Budget.

The number of people working at any time is not the same as the number in the budget. There are always some vacant positions, and there are some part-time and temporary workers, for example, in University research positions that are not reflected in these numbers.

The expenditure per full-time employee varies by agency based on the occupational and skill levels as well as the share of non-full-time employees of each agency. The Department of Corrections, with almost all full-time employees, had an average expenditure per worker of $62 thousand (which includes benefits).

The largest state departments are comparable, in number of employees, to the largest private employers in the state. Two private firms—Safeway Foods and Providence Medical Center—each have about 3 thousand employees, and Fred Meyer has about 2 thousand.

About one-third of the operating budget covers the cost of state workers. (The capital budget pays some of the costs of some state workers, but that money shows up in the operating budget as the result of transfers from the capital to the operating budget.)

 

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