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Thu., Jan. 9, 2014, 3:44 p.m.

Lawmakers leery of Otter’s approach to state worker pay

After three days of hearings, a special joint legislative committee is scheduled to vote on possible Idaho state employee raises Friday; the Change in Employee Compensation Committee could pass a resolution, or send a recommendation to budget writers, leaving the final call in their hands. Idaho’s funded only one 2 percent raise for state employees in the past five years, but lawmakers have been balking at Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to pass them over for raises again next year, and continue to give pay boosts only in agencies that come up with salary savings. You can read my full story here at

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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