Committee looks at possible pay raise for state workers

BOSIE, Idaho (KBOI) - A legislative committee is looking into possible pay raises for state workers even though it's not laid out in the governor's budget.

Several state workers testified saying that pay has not kept up with rising cost of living. They went on to note that on average state workers pay is far below that of similar workers in other states.

Executive Director of the Idaho Public Employees Association, Donna Yule, laid out a plan for catching back up. They proposed an annual increase of two percent over three years to get back near normal rates of pay.

State Police Association said during the testimony that it's become harder to retain troopers because their pay is about $10 less than officers in both county and city police.

During an interview on KBOI radio Governor Otter defended his budget plan. He said while it doesn't have a pay raise it does cover extra healthcare cost that employees would have to pay otherwise.

The committee will meet again Friday to discuss what steps to take next. They can either do nothing, pass a recommendation to the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, or pass it's own resolution.