Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how extensive surveys from the state's expert contractors show state employee compensation still lags far behind the market, but some lawmakers are questioning the data. It matters because state law requires that the state pay competitive wages and benefits to attract and retain a quality workforce. Gov. Butch Otter is recommending another 3 percent in merit raises next year; his budget director, Jani Revier, urged lawmakers to grant the request. After much debate - Co-Chairman Rep. Neil Anderson, R-Blackfoot, called it a "spirited discussion" - the Legislature's joint Change in Employee Compensation Committee wrapped up its first meeting today and still will hold two more meetings over the next week,...
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Surveys show Idaho state pay still lags, but some lawmakers question the data; link to my full story