- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Some Idaho state employees could see a 3 percent increase in pay and fully funded health care benefits if lawmakers go along with Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s recommended budget plan.

The governor made the recommendation for the pay increase in documents released with his State of the State address Monday. Otter’s recommendation says the pay increase would be based on merit, with flexibility for directors to address agency needs. The change would amount to a $23 million increase, coming from the general fund.

The governor’s staffers said he will have specific pay recommendations for agencies where the turnover rate is significantly higher than the state average, where directors are having trouble filling positions because of low pay, or where substantial parity within state government exists.

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