Let's break this down a bit. $118,000 increased by 10% would add $11,800 per year. Let's round that to $12,000, add it to $118,000, and we get $130,000. So, if Ness got his 10% increase in Minnesota, he'd be making $130,000.
That $130,000 is equivalent to $165,000 in Idaho, per Stratton. The difference is, per Stratton, due to a 15% higher cost of living in Idaho, higher costs for insurance and for retirement plan contributions.
Let's take this to the level of a run of the mill State of Idaho employee. Half of $130,000 is $75,000, and half of that is $37,500. I'd say that is a decent number to use for comparison. It's about $18/hour. Next, half of $165,000 is $82,500, half of that is $41,250, or about $20/hour.
I don't have a huge point here, other than State employees aren't getting all that good a deal. To keep cutting benefits while freezing wages is to increase the disparity between what State of Idaho employees earn as compared to their counterparts in other states.
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