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A 5 percent pay cut for all state employees?

Legislative budget writers gather for an early-morning briefing about possible new budget cuts. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
Legislative budget writers gather for an early-morning briefing about possible new budget cuts. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Among the possibilities for balancing next year's budget in light of dropping state revenues: A 5 percent cut in funding for personnel at all state agencies and institutions and public schools, which could come in the form of an across-the-board pay cut, furloughs or other moves. The governor would have to issue an executive order, likely in June, to accomplish such a pay cut. JFAC members are hearing about the idea at an early-morning briefing now. "We know that this language has been discussed with the governor and there is support for this type of approach," legislative budget director Cathy Holland-Smith told JFAC members. Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, said the governor wants to let state agency directors decide how to cope with cuts. "I don't think he'll make that kind of an executive order unless he's absolutely forced to," Cameron said. This morning's discussions are aimed at preparing JFAC to decide on such overall cuts and then build them into every budget they set for state agencies next year; no decisions have been made yet.




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