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Missouri House considers pay cuts for assistants

Missouri House leaders have lengthened their staff’s work week and are weighing pay cuts for legislative assistants.

Starting this year, all House employees will be required to work 40 hours per week. Previously, a full-work week was 35 hours.

House officials also have proposed to furlough legislative assistants one day a week for six months when the Legislature is out of session. That would average into a roughly 10 percent pay cut.

Missouri is facing an estimated $500 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Incoming Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley, of Perryville, said Tuesday he hopes to save several hundred thousand dollars though legislative staff changes.

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