Gov. Butch Otter and the six other constitutional officers of the state – the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, state controller, and superintendent of public instruction - are facing a possible pay decrease in 2011 after Speaker of the House Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, proposed quadrennial legislation setting the pay for the elected officials.
The legislation, pitched Thursday to the House State Affairs Committee, seeks to give the seven officials a pay decrease of 4 percent in 2011. That level of pay would remain in effect for the full year, but the pay would return to 2010-levels on Jan. 1, 2012. In years 2013 and 2014, the seven would receive small pay increases.
Here is a list of the current salaries of all seven officers:
Lieutenant Governor $30,400
Superintendent of Public Instruction $93,756
State Controller $93,756
State Treasurer $93,756
Secretary of State $93,756
Attorney General $103,984
The measure was introduced by committee members and will receive another hearing next week before the panel that sets the pay for the officials. Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, did not vote over ethical concerns because his father, Ron Crane, serves as the state treasurer.
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