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Some small gains reported, but state employees still seriously underpaid

Idaho has made some small gains in the past three years on the percentage of state employees who are paid less than policy rates for their positions, according to a follow-up report from the Legislature’s office of Performance Evaluations, but the state still has a long way to go. In 2012, 90 percent of classified state employees were paid less than the policy rate, with the average pay at just 85 percent of policy; in 2015, the follow-up report found that 86 percent were paid less than policy, with the average at 87 percent of policy.

One other small gain: In 2012, of those workers paid less than policy rates, 45 percent were 20 percent or more below that mark. Now, 36 percent are 20 percent or more below policy.

Lawmakers on the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee today received and closed the report, referring the issue to the Legislature’s joint Change in Employee Compensation Committee. You can read the full follow-up report online here

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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