House Passes Raise For State Workers
House lawmakers supported a 2 percent, across-the-board pay hike for state workers, while lamenting not having more for employees who've seen their wages cut nearly every year since the 2008 recession. Republican Rep. Steve Hartgen of Twin Falls on Monday called this an imperfect way to say "thank you" to Idaho employees for hard work under difficult conditions. Hartgen said in a perfect world, Idaho would have had more than just this $10 million package to reward workers performing at expectations. It now heads to the Senate. In passing this on a 55-15 vote, representatives favored a plan that would increase state workers base salaries. That differs from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposal to give state workers a 3 percent, one-time bonus paid only if tax revenue hit targets.