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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 121
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SCR121......................................by COMMERCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES
STATE EMPLOYEES - COMPENSATION POLICY - Stating findings of the
Legislature; providing a 2% Change in Employee Compensation (CEC) increase
for state employees; providing an additional 1% salary increase with
contingencies; and providing funding for benefit cost increases for state
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004
IN THE SENATE
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 121
BY COMMERCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE
1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
2 STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE, ADOPTING A STATE EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION
3 POLICY, ADOPTING FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS, STATING POLICY TOWARD SALARY
4 SAVINGS REGARDING PAY POLICIES FOR STATE EMPLOYEES AND DIRECTING MANAGE-
5 MENT OF COMPENSATION AND FUNDING POLICIES.
6 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 WHEREAS, the Legislature has by law provided that the Governor and the
8 Division of Human Resources report to the Legislature their recommendations
9 for proposed pay policies, together with the estimated cost thereof; and
10 WHEREAS, the Legislature has received and reviewed the report of the Gov-
11 ernor dated January 12, 2004, and the report of the Division of Human
12 Resources dated October 1, 2003; and
13 WHEREAS, it is the mission of the Idaho State Government to provide a high
14 level of responsive service in meeting the needs of its citizens.
15 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
16 sion of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Rep-
17 resentatives concurring therein, that:
18 (1) It is the policy of the state of Idaho to provide a total compensa-
19 tion system that attracts, retains and recognizes state employees for their
20 valuable service. The foundation of this system is to pay competitive job mar-
21 ket average salaries and to reward performance with a merit based compensation
23 (2) The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee is directed to provide
24 funding for the following specific compensation measures:
25 (a) Funding of $10,923,900 from the General Fund for benefit cost
26 increases for health insurance, Public Employee Retirement System rate
27 changes, and various other salary based benefits as recommended in the
28 Governor's report;
29 (b) Funding of $10,002,100 from the General Fund for 2% salary increases
30 for state employees as recommended in the Governor's report; and
31 (c) One-time contingency funding of $5,001,000 in General Funds, for an
32 additional temporary salary increase of 1%. This increase shall be contin-
33 gent upon General Fund revenues exceeding the fiscal year 2004 revenue
34 projection used by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee by a minimum
35 of $5,001,000. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee shall design a
36 surplus eliminator appropriation to provide this temporary salary
37 increase, should available funds in excess of the revenue projection
38 become available.
39 (3) For those agencies funded in total or in part from non-General Fund
40 money, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee is directed to appropriate
41 in as nearly as possible the same manner as agencies funded by the General
43 (4) The Legislature recognizes that no specific funding for salary
44 increases for state agencies and institutions has been provided for the last
1 two fiscal years. As such, state agency directors and institution executives
2 are encouraged to allocate agency salary savings to provide for employee sal-
3 ary needs before other operational budget priorities are considered. One-time
4 salary increases should be given if the salary savings are one-time in nature.
5 Ongoing salary increases may be given if the salary savings are expected to be
6 ongoing in nature and, where applicable, particular emphasis should be placed
7 on those employees in occupational groups with significant market pay lag and
8 turnover rates.
9 (5) The Division of Human Resources and the Division of Financial Manage-
10 ment shall ensure that agency and institution compensation policies are man-
11 aged consistent with the policies contained herein.
12 (6) The effective date of implementation of these salary adjustments
13 shall be June 6, 2004.
14 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that appropriations measures to fund nonclassified
15 employees be prepared in as nearly as possible the same manner as for classi-
16 fied employees.
Statement of Purpose
This concurrent resolution states that the policy of the state of Idaho is to provide
a total compensation system for state employees, which includes paying competitive
job market average salaries and rewarding performance with a merit based compensation
The resolution recommends funding benefit cost increases at the level recommended by
the Governor and a permanent 2% merit based salary increase. Funding an additional
temporary 1% salary increase would be contingent upon revenues exceeding the current
The resolution provides agencies guidance on the use of one-time and ongoing salary
savings to address salary increases.
Finally, the resolution directs the Division of Human Resources and the Division of
Financial Management to ensure that agency and institution compensation policies are
managed consistent with the policies stated in the resolution.
The General Fund fiscal impact of this concurrent resolution, subject to the actual
appropriation by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, is as follows:
(1) Benefit cost increases: $10,923,900.
(2) 2% permanent salary increase: $10,002,100
(3) 1% temporary salary increase (contingent upon receipt of revenues): $5,001,000
Contact: Senator John Andreason 332-1326
Representative Bob Schaefer 332-1156
Statement of Purpose/Fiscal Note SCR 121