State pay raise makes budget bill

Most Missouri government employees would get a 2 percent pay raise starting July 1, under the proposal coming this week from the House Budget Committee.

State Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, on Thursday thanked House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, “for his leadership” on including a pay raise for all state employees making less than $70,000 per year.

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Barnes said Silvey’s plan keeps a promise Gov. Jay Nixon made last August, even though Nixon’s budget proposal in January only offered a 2 percent raise starting next Jan. 1 — six months later than the governor originally had announced.

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