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Trib: Higher Office Equals Higher Pay

Let's be honest: Lowballing the pay for Idaho's elected offices carries a risk. The lower the salary, the less attractive the job, the fewer your choices. Only people who can afford to work at that level - financially independents and retirees - will run. That's already a problem in Idaho's geriatric Legislature. But at the top of the political food chain? Not so much. Six people want to be governor. Five are running for secretary of state - including one, state Rep. Lawerence (Boss) Denney, who hasn't been shy about courting the job largely because of its generous salary and pension benefits. Five are pursuing superintendent of public instruction. Why wouldn't they? Rain or shine, famine or plenty, recession or boom, these jobs have posted one pay boost after another/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do we pay our top elected officials too much in this state?

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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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