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JFAC Co-Chair: ‘They can introduce anything they like’

JFAC Co-Chair Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, responding to the House Education Committee's introduction of two resolutions today aimed at overriding JFAC on state employee raises, said, "Obviously it's incumbent upon JFAC to set the budgets, and those decisions generally involve our personnel. It was my understanding that House and Senate leadership had agreed JFAC would make the determination on CEC this year. So if something else has changed, they can introduce anything that they like. Whether it makes it through the process is another question."

Rep. Steve Hartgen, who introduced resolutions this morning in the House Education Committee calling for either zero raises for state employees next year - for a fifth straight year - or 2 percent merit raises, as opposed to the 2 percent across-the-board raises JFAC approved for all permanent state workers who are performing to standards - said he wanted his bills to go to the germane committee, the House Commerce & Human Resources Committee, for a hearing and further action.

However, the chair of that committee, Rep. Sharon Block, R-Twin Falls, already made her budget pitch to JFAC, and didn't mention the issue. The Senate Commerce chair, Sen. John Andreason, R-Boise, in his budget pitch to JFAC, called for 3 percent across-the-board raises for state workers. Block's committee never introduced legislation like Hartgen's, and because it's not a privileged committee, couldn't do so now; that's why Hartgen, who is vice-chair of the Commerce committee, said he brought his proposals to the House Education Committee today.

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