Missouri House mulls salary cap for agency leaders, staff members

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | 9:47 a.m. CDT; updated 10:27 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 30, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House members are considering whether to cut salaries for state agency leaders and staff members of certain elected officials.

Republican Ryan Silvey of Kansas City has proposed capping salaries at $86,500 for state department directors and $80,000 for deputy directors. Staff members for statewide elected officials could be paid a maximum $86,500.

Silvey said the salary cap is based on the pay for the lieutenant governor, who receives lowest pay of all statewide officeholders. He estimates it would save $1.1 million and affect salaries for 43 state workers.

House members are debating a state budget for next year that tops $23 billion.


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