Idaho’s state employees are underpaid, new Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers. “For too long we’ve shorted them on pay and then padded their benefits. To begin changing that, it’s my recommendation that we fully fund a 5 percent merit-based increase in employee compensation.” He said he looks forward to working with legislative committee chairmen to get that done – and at that, he drew strong applause.
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