Idaho legislative salaries to increase 4 percent

Posted at 1:34 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 15:34:21-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A special citizen panel has approved increasing Idaho's basic legislative salaries over the next two years.

The Citizens Committee on Legislative Compensation agreed on Wednesday to bump state lawmaker pay by 2 percent each year until 2018. This means the annual pay for state lawmakers will jump from roughly $16,680 to around $17,350.

However, daily session expenses will remain the same. Lawmakers living within 50 miles of the Capitol will continue to receive $49 a day when the Idaho Legislature is in session, while those living farther away will stay at $129 a day.

The committee voted 3-2 with no discussion. The committee's recommendation will go into effect unless the Idaho Legislature rejects it.

The panel was created by a constitutional amendment to provide a nonpartisan assessment of the compensation required to maintain a quality citizen Legislature.