October 26, 1996 in Idaho

Batt Rejects Pay Recommendation

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Gov. Phil Batt on Friday essentially rejected the Idaho Personnel Commission’s proposal for a 5.2 percent state employee pay increase, citing the state’s tight revenue picture.

“There’s not enough money in the budget to do that,” Batt said.

The commission proposal, submitted over three weeks ago, would have cost the state about $19 million in general tax money and nearly twice that in total funds.

Lawmakers adopted Batt’s 3 percent state pay increase recommendation for the current spending year. It cost $11 million in general tax revenue.

Last month, Batt ordered a $35.3 million across-the-board budget cut because corporate tax payments, primarily from Micron Technology Inc., were expected to fall more than $60 million short of projections.

And while the governor on Friday declined to rule out some kind of state worker pay raise in the new budget for 1997-1998, he made no guarantee that one would be included when he submits his spending blueprint to lawmakers in early January.

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