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BOISE -- Lawmakers got behind a plan to scale back pay raises for Idaho's top elected officials Thursday.

The Senate's 35-0 vote means the governor and other top officials will likely see their salaries rise 1.5 percent next year -- and each year after that.

That's less than the 2.5 percent raises the bill's sponsors originally asked for.

But some lawmakers argued it's still unfair to guarantee higher yearly raises for Idaho's politicians that what state employees will receive.

The secretary of state, the lieutenant governor, the state treasurer and the superintendent of public instruction will also get the ongoing raise.

The attorney general's pay will jump to match that of district judges, but remain fixed for the next four years.

The bill passed the House earlier Thursday with a 44-25 vote.

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