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Bulletin: CEC committee endorses 2+1 increase proposal

The Change in Employee Compensation (CEC) committee met , Thursday, (Feb. 5) and voted on their recommendation for a salary increase for state employees.

The following resolution was passed:

A concurrent resolution providing funding for benefit cost increases, a permanent 2% salary increase for state employees, and a temporary 1% salary increase contingent upon revenues exceeding the current-year estimate by $5 million dollars. See related story in the Bottom Line.

ITD 2005 budget presented to JFAC

ITD Director Dave Ekern and department administrators presented the FY2005 budget request to members of the Legislature’s Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee Thursday. The message was simple and straightforward – the proposed spending authority of $425.9 million will enable the department to provide the services and products Idaho citizens expect, and to deliver them in the most efficient manner possible.

Snow, debris slides create problems on Idaho 55
A number of snow and debris slides closed Idaho 55 for three hours Friday morning (Jan. 30), the opening weekend of the popular McCall Winter Carnival. Falling logs and debris struck one vehicle, sending its driver to the hospital via life flight.

ITD chooses new financial management system
ITD will begin laying a foundation this spring for conversion to a new Integrated Financial Management System. American Management Systems (AMS) recently emerged as the top choice among five bidders to provide a replacement for the Oracle system now used to handle the department’s financial, human resources and supply functions.

Idaho to benefit from new aviation bill
Dubbed "Vision 100 – The Century of Aviation Act," the new aviation bill provides $14 billion for airport construction projects nationwide, $140 million to help small communities attract and retain air service, $308 million to ensure air service to isolated communities, and $2 billion to create more efficient security screening at airports. The new bill will have a significant impact on aeronautics programs administered by the Aeronautics Division.

Participants praise EEO workshop content, speakers
ITD’s two-day workshop last week on Equal Employment Opportunities attracted 110 participants the opening day and another – largely unduplicated – 90 individuals on the second day. Responses from participants were very complimentary, said EEO manager Karen Sparkman.


Nampa underpass receives design award
The 11th Avenue Underpass Project in Nampa is being recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Idaho (ACEC) as the top project in the state last year. J-U-B Engineers, Inc., the firm that designed the underpass widening project, will accept the "Grand Concepetor Award" at the 2003 Idaho Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet today (Feb. 6).

News clippings to be available online
The Public Affairs office plans to deliver transportation-related news to your desktop on a daily basis. Work is progressing to put news clippings about ITD and transportation in Idaho on the department’s Intranet portal page, accessible by most department computers. The conversion from photocopied pages to electronic format might be complete by the end of this month.


Idaho might get major boost in transit funds
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo Thursday won an increase in formula transit funding for Idaho of 148 percent over the life of the emerging Transportation Bill, known as SAFETEA. The changes mean bus programs, vanpools, and other mass transit efforts in Idaho will see an increase from $33.4 million over the past six years of the program to $82.5 million, spread over the next six years.

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2003 Annual Report available online
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