The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has voted unanimously to approve 5 percent, across-the-board pay hikes for the commissioners who serve on the Industrial Commission, Tax Commission and Public Utilities Commission. That would take industrial commissioners’ salaries from $82,951 to $87,099; tax commissioners from $79,009 to $82,959; and PUC commissioners from $85,222 to $89,483. Five percent is the same amount that’s being funded for merit-based increases for state employees in all agencies, but the joint committee approved a public schools budget that includes just 3 percent for teachers and other public school employees. The commissioners’ salary bill, like all budget bills, still needs approval from both houses and the governor’s signature to become law.
Short takes and breaking news from the Idaho Legislature and the state capital.