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Question: Shouldn’t Governor Be Highest Paid

Issue: Gov. Otter’s salary is $15,000 less than his chief of staff/Associated Press

More Info: Jeff Malmen, Otter’s chief of staff and former top congressional aide, makes $120,000 annually. That’s $15,000 more than Otter’s $105,000 salary. The past two chief of staffs made just over $97,000. Malmen, who also was chief of staff while Otter was a U.S. House member in Washington, D.C., actually took a pay cut to work in the state Capitol: He made $153,000 there.

Question: Shouldn’t Gov. Otter be the highest paid state employee — except for the Boise State football coach, of course.

He says, “I don’t know what’s more painful: Taking a pay cut, or taking


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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