Pay raise for state employees an issue in Missouri Senate budget stalemate

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | 6:29 p.m. CDT; updated 6:56 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 24, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri state employees rank as the lowest paid in the nation, yet a proposal to give them a raise of a few hundred dollars a year has become a sticking point in a Senate stalemate over the state's $24 billion budget plan.