Gov. Otter says no thanks to pay raise

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Governor Butch Otter says thanks but no thanks to a pay raise -- approved by the Idaho legislature earlier this year.

Otter, in a letter to Lt. Gov. Brad Little, said he line-item vetoed the section of a bill that would have given him a 1.5 percent pay raise -- increasing his salary from $119,000 to $120,785.

"While I appreciate the legislature's intentions in approving a pay increase for the governor, it is not my desire to accept this increase in the context of having not recommended a similar change in compensation for our valued state employees," Otter said in the letter.

Otter said he plans to donate $1,800 to Bishop Kelly High School, where he went to high school.

"I also encourage my fellow constitutional officers who likewise did no seek pay increases to make similar donations from the authorized and appropriated funds allocated for their compensation to the educational institutions of their choice."

Little told KBOI 2News he would more than likely make a donation to Emmett High School.