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.