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Idaho candidates could see big pension perks if elected

Posted: 12:03 PM, May 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-23 18:03:04Z
Idaho candidates could see big pension perks if elected

Idaho's top candidates will see big boosts to their state pension benefits if successful in their pursuit of statewide positions.

According to a review by The Associated Press, nearly all Democratic and GOP candidates seeking open statewide seats will see their pension payouts soar thanks to a special perk given to state lawmakers under Idaho law.

The practice -- known as "pension spiking" -- allows lawmakers to spike their benefits if they take a higher-paid state position for 42 months during their careers.

For example, this means GOP Treasurer nominee Julie Ellsworth, a former five-term state representative, could see her pension increase by more than 800 percent if she wins in the November general election -- which is all but guaranteed because she is currently running unopposed.