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State union: ‘Not a single word’

The Idaho Association of Government Employees, which represents some state workers, is upset that Gov. Butch Otter didn't talk about state employees in his annual State of the State message - though state worker pay has been a major theme for him in past years. "State workers may have noticed that the governor made not a single mention of state employees - not a single word of encouragement, let alone thanks, for their hard work," the union said in a press release it just sent out. Andrew Hanhardt, union president, said, "The governor is not showing compassion to those he leads." The union said if salary savings are needed, the state should target its highest-paid employees. Members will be talking with lawmakers on Jan. 19.

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