House staff received 3 raises in year

Even as Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration has worked to cut the number of state workers as a way to save money and many of the remaining employees have complained about getting no raises for five years, most Missouri House of Representatives workers have gotten three pay raises in the last year.

Those raises include two House-specific raises, as well as the 2 percent raise given this past summer to all state employees earning under $70,000 a year.

House Chief Clerk D. Adam Crumbliss said this week he created a pay increase plan last year, after getting then-House Speaker Steve Tilley’s approval.

“I have a fundamental philosophy that, in order for government to do the best that it can for its people, we need to be in the position that we are investing in staff for the long term,” Crumbliss said.

A number of House employees, including several directors, are eligible to retire within ....

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