Legislators study of state workers’ pay faces deadline

The Missouri Legislature’s 10-member Joint Committee on State Employee Wages has a Dec. 31 deadline for telling the House and Senate budget committees what it’s going to recommend as “strategies for increasing the wages of Missouri’s state employees, so Missouri will no longer rank 50th among states regarding state worker wages.”

Gov. Jay Nixon proposed a state pay raise for the 2009-10 business year — his first as governor — but lawmakers didn’t include it in that budget because of the state’s tight financial situation.

He’s told the legislature’s leaders he’ll propose a 2 percent “cost-of-living” increase for all state employees in the 2012-13 business year that begins next July 1.

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