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Otter and others may face pay reductions next year

Otter and others may face pay reductions next year

Dustin Hurst
March 18, 2010
Dustin Hurst
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March 18, 2010

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:

Governor $115,348

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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