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Eye On Boise

Little’s budget pitch is shortest of them all, at 12 seconds

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little wins the prize this year for shortest budget presentation to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee: A mere 12 seconds. Little said, “My office is asking for $164,300, a 4.3 percent increase. Most of it’s the roll-ups, but part of it’s the obscene increase in my wages.” To laughter, he concluded, “Any questions?”

“You have nothing further to tell us?” asked JFAC Co-Chair Dean Cameron, R-Rupert. “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. … I’ll get you back on schedule,” Little responded. “We’re on schedule,” Cameron said. “We’re ahead of schedule.”

Last year, the Legislature approved pay increases for state constitutional officers, including increasing the lieutenant governor’s salary on Jan. 1, 2015 by 18 percent, from $35,700 a year to $42,275.

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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