HCR 6, the measure to reject a scheduled 5 percent salary hike for state lawmakers zoomed through the House, where members suspended rules yesterday and passed it on a unanimous, 66-0 vote. But when the Senate majority caucus discussed it yesterday, according to caucus Chair Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, “There appears to be a diversity of opinions in the Senate on that.” It’s not that senators want to raise their own pay in the midst of a budget crunch, he said. But some want to keep a proposed mileage reimbursement boost for lawmakers from large, rural districts who have to do lots of driving. Today, the measure arrived at the Senate and was referred to the State Affairs Committee.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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