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Wed., Jan. 17, 2007, 6:04 p.m.

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 started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.