Missouri lawmakers vote down raises for state officials

Thursday, January 29, 2009 | 11:49 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers have rejected pay raises for themselves, statewide officials and judges.

The Senate voted 32-1 Thursday to turn down pay raises that had been recommended by a citizens' commission. The House rejected the pay raises earlier this week 129-31.

Both votes easily exceeded the two-thirds majority required by the Missouri Constitution to reject the salary plan of the commission.

The commission recommended in November that associate circuit judges receive a $1,500 pay raise in each of the next two years to try to narrow their salary gap with circuit judges. The panel also recommended that all judges, legislators and statewide elected officials receive whatever pay raise is granted to state employees.

Lawmakers said the poor economy made it a bad time to approve pay raises.


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