Some of Idaho’s state employees get raises

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2009, 9:08 A.M.

BOISE — More than 800 state employees were given raises this year.

That’s about 3 percent of the 25,000 people on the state payroll system. Another 69 have been laid off, 186 have had their pay cut, and more than 3,700 have taken furloughs without pay.

Wayne Hammon, budget chief for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, says there isn’t any hanky-panky going on. More than two-thirds of the raises came in two agencies with special circumstances — the Idaho State Police and the State Insurance Fund, The Idaho Statesman reported.

The Idaho State Police is in the third year of a retention plan financed by a special $3-per-vehicle registration fee approved by the Legislature. And the insurance fund is wholly financed by premiums and not subject to legislative appropriations, even though the fund uses the state payroll system.

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