But Blackfoot Republican Rep. Dennis Lake says the policy is outright wrong and is nothing more than a "pension spike" when legislators, who technically work three months a year get a full-year's credit if and when their appointed to state jobs. Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter just recently appointed three long-time legislators - Dean Cameron, Bob Geddes and John Tippets, all senators - into state agencies, thus instantly improving their financial status in the Public Retirement System of Idaho, better known as PERSI.
Eastern Idaho's KIFI-TV drilled into the controversial topic July 16 with news anchor Karole Honas speaking with Davis, Lake, Otter and Idaho Freedom Foundation president Wayne Hoffman, a particular critic of the practice.
"Nobody qualifies to do this except 105 legislators," Lake told KIFI-TV. "That's what's wrong with it. This is all about: Is it right for the legislature to vote themselves this kind of benefit?"
But Davis pushes back, saying it's necessary to have a "public policy that works and invites quality, capable people."