Lawmaker panel backs 2% pay hike for state workers

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Lawmaker panel backs 2% pay hike for state workers

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 11 at 7:00 PM

BOISE -- A Republican and Democratic lawmaker panel unanimously backed a proposal for a 2 percent pay increase for Idaho's 17,000 state workers in fiscal year 2015, saying agencies had for too long relied on savings from attrition to boost their employees' checks.

The 18-member Change in Employee Compensation Committee said Friday the pay should be awarded on a merit basis.

Half the increase would be built into ongoing salaries, while the other half would be considered for the year starting in July only.

The measure is only a recommendation; the full Legislature would have to back such a push, which would cost taxpayers about $11 million.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter hasn't recommended a pay increase for state workers.

His budget chief, Jani Revier, declined comment after the meeting, which she attended.

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