JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed 12 Missouri residents to a commission that will decide whether to recommend pay raises for elected state officials.
The Missouri Constitution requires the salary commission to meet every two years and to make recommendations by Dec. 1 on salaries for elected judges, legislators and executives. Any pay raises automatically take effect unless rejected by two-thirds of the House and Senate.
Two years ago, the commission recommended that elected officials receive whatever cost-of-living raise is given to state employees, with an extra boost for associate circuit judges. But, lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected those raises.