Letter: State pay raises

January 29, 2014 

An article in the Jan. 11 newspaper says a bipartisan lawmaker panel has backed a proposal to give the 17,000 state employees a 2 percent raise (last raise was approved by the 2012 Legislature). The raise, if approved, would cost Idaho taxpayers an estimated $11 million. This from a state government that has cut education (K-12) 14 percent since 2009, according to Internet information about our state. If they have to keep cutting the education budget to balance the budget, where are they going to find $11 million to cover the pay raise? A good start to balancing the budget would be to give our elected officials a 14 percent cut in pay for at least five years while they figure out how to balance the budget without cutting education’s budget.

DAVE JILLSON, Greenleaf

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