Lawmakers still haven’t started examination of state employees’ pay

What salary study?

Missouri lawmakers last May overwhelmingly approved a plan to study state employees’ salaries “and develop strategies for increasing the wages ... so Missouri will no longer rank 50th among states regarding state worker wages.”

But the 10-member Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages has not, yet, been given all its members — and it faces a Dec. 31 deadline for reporting its recommendations to the House Budget and Senate Appropriations committee.

Still, Mid-Missouri lawmakers named to the committee are not concerned.

“Sen. (Mike) Kehoe and I met with some of the people from the Office of Administration the other day, and they acted like they had a lot of the information already,” Rep. Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, said. “So, I think we’ll be in pretty good shape.

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