Continued state employees’ salaries study inches forward

With three days to go in this year’s Missouri legislative session, state Rep. Mike Bernskoetter’s plan to continue the special committee studying state employees’ salaries could be up for Senate debate.

“We had an interim committee last summer and we got together a few times,” Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, told the committee. “We concluded that we were 50th out of 50 states as far as the pay goes.

“What we are trying to do with the interim committee now is see what your non-wage benefits are — your vacation, sick leave, insurance and that type of stuff.”

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But the measure on Tuesday won the Senate’s Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions, and Ethics Committee’s endorsement as a substitute — so it would have to go back to the House if the Senate OKs it.

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