Eye On Boise

Otter plan would eliminate many state employees’ jobs

Idaho will eliminate 94 state employees' jobs under a governmental reorganization plan Gov. Butch Otter wants in place by July 1, and dozens more will have to reapply for a chance at new versions of their old jobs. "I am proposing significantly reprioritizing and restructuring state government," Otter said in his State of the State message.

The details of what that means are just now becoming clear: Otter wants to "devolve" or eliminate two state agencies, the 180-employee Department of Administration, and the 36-employee Division of Human Resources. Those agencies' functions would be parceled out to other state agencies or contracted to the private sector. In the process, 94 state jobs would be eliminated, while more than 100 others would change and move to other agencies. Read the full story here in today’s Spokesman-Review.




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