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