JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX) – By a vote of 17 to 15, the Missouri Senate narrowly rejected an attempt to eliminate a proposed wage increase for state workers. The plan which was voted down, would have eliminated a proposed 2 percent wage increase for Missouri state workers making less than $45,000.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey offered the plan to eliminate the wage increase. Dempsey said he supports state workers, but tough decisions have to be made.
“I believe there are too many state employees, we should have a smaller state government but we should treat the ones who remain better and we could do that with those savings.”
Appropriations Committee Chairman Senator Kurt Schaefer spoke against eliminating the pay raise for state workers.
“These are the people at the low-end of the low, the working poor who are barely making enough to feed their families.”
Even with the increase, the Senate’s proposed budget is still 87 million dollars below the Governor’s and House’s proposed budgets.