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Idaho Lawmakers To Examine State Employee Pay Rates

Samantha Wright
Boise State Public Radio
The Idaho Statehouse

Idaho lawmakers will once again review state employee salaries as they continue to fall behind market rates.

The Spokesman-Review reports that a joint panel, made up of members from the Idaho House and Senate, will convene next Thursday to discuss compensation, turnover and employee morale.

The panel will submit a recommendation to the Idaho Legislature by Jan. 16 after reviewing reports and proposals from the governor, budget writers and evaluators.

State employees saw a 1 percent raise last year after going the past five years without any pay boost.

Idaho law requires that state worker compensation be competitive with relevant labor market average. The law also requires lawmakers to address employee compensation every year — even when state revenues lag— by increasing revenues or cutting some government functions.

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