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Lawmakers, state officials to receive pay raises January 28, 2015

Despite impasse, Senate hopes to finish by deadline

Missouri lawmakers have one main constitutional duty when they gather each year: to pass a budget for the next business year that begins July 1, no later than 6 p.m. on the “first Friday following the first Monday in May.”

That means they have three days left to finish that duty this year. And this week, in a dozen hours of official, in-session, on-the-clock debate, the state Senate has approved the journals for last Thursday and this past Monday, said the Pledge of Allegiance twice — and debated, but not voted on, two bills.

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“Even though we’re at a temporary spot where things are going unbelievably slow, I think progress will be made,” state Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, said Tuesday afternoon.

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