Lawmaker Says Bill Boosting Idaho Teacher Pay Coming Soon

Feb 18, 2015

The head of Idaho's Senate Education Committee says a highly anticipated plan to boost teacher pay will be revealed soon.

Republican Sen. Dean Mortimer of Idaho Falls told the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee Wednesday that he believes the bill is coming together but stakeholders are still figuring out key details.

Mortimer did not specify what have been the sources of contention. Mortimer also shied away from telling budget writers how much the state's education budget should increase on behalf of his committee.

However, Mortimer told The Associated Press after the meeting that he personally supported Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's recommendation to increase educational funds by 7.4 percent compared to last year.