Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has declared this week Public Employee Recognition Week. He’s designated today as State Employee Recognition Day.
The official proclamation says:
WHEREAS, public employees at the federal, state, county and city levels dedicate their careers to public service by contributing to professional industries such as health care, education, public safety, conservation, and national defense; and
WHEREAS, these dedicated public servants perform their duties with compassion,
professionalism and commitment to those they serve; and
WHEREAS, the importance of public serve provided by public employees and volunteers too
often is forgotten or ignored; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate to designate a Public Employee Recognition Week to honor and
recognize all public employees and remind the citizens of Idaho of the importance of public services;
WHEREAS, Idaho is honored to join other states across the nation during the week of May 7th-11th to extend our appreciation and gratitude to all public employees for their continued spirit and dedication;
While state lawmakers approved, and the governor signed a measure boosting some public workers salaries this year by 2 percent, the overall state employee workforce has shrunk in the last few years.
As we reported back in January, nearly 1,000 state employees have been laid-off since 2007.
Total State Govt Employees
Total State Govt Layoffs
Source: Idaho State Controller