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TODAY'S QUESTION: Should state officials get a pay raise?

Monday, November 8, 2010 | 10:51 a.m. CST

Elected state officials could see a pay raise soon. Whether they do depends on the recommendation of a salary commission.

Every two years, the Missouri Constitution requires the commission to meet and decide whether legislators, executives and elected judges get a pay raise.

The 12 members on the commission were just appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon and have until Dec. 1 to make their recommendations.

The last time the group met, members recommended cost-0f-living increases, but lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected them.

Should elected officials in Missouri get a pay raise?


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Marina Shane November 8, 2010 | 11:39 a.m.

Ironic that the lawmakers of our state rejected the pay increases, but repealed the cap on campaign contributions!
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"Missouri voters overwhelmingly backed contribution limits in 1994." Quote from: http://www.columbiamissourian.com/storie...
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Seems like they got a "Raise" anyway! How crooked can they get in our Capital?

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Dennis McElroy November 8, 2010 | 12:28 p.m.

Absolutely not!! State employees have only had two pay increases in the past 9 years. State employees do the work, but get very little pay. A large number of state employees are working two or more jobs just to make ends meet! Our legislator's recently cut retirement benefits for newly hired employees and stopped contributions to current employees retirement benefits. Missouri state employees are ranked at #48 of 50 states for the pay given to their employees. Until state employees receive approriate pay increases, legislators shouldn't receive increases either.

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