Missouri Senate OKs state pay study

Missouri needs to study what it pays state government employees and how Missouri’s compensation compares with state workers’ pay in other states, senators agreed Wednesday night.

On a 32-0 vote, the Senate approved — and sent back to the House — Jefferson City Rep. Mike Bernskoetter’s resolution creating a 10-member “Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages.”

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“I think everybody knows there’s 57,000 people here in state employment, and the last time we looked at it (salaries) officially was 1983,” Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, told colleagues before ....

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