Public Defender System Director Cat Kelly says entry-level attorneys in her office are paid a salary of about $38,500.
Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) says Nixon has showed willful neglect of duty and misconduct.
Gov. Nixon called for expansion during his State of the State address.
Missouri’s previous efforts of enacting a law have failed in the courts.
Missouri is looking for other sources of money for education and health care after experiencing shortfalls in gambling and tobacco revenues.
Some Republicans expressed caution Wednesday and criticized Nixon for championing the proposal while ignoring other policy initiatives.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is delivering his sixth State of the State address Tuesday and presenting his recommended budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
Gov. Jay Nixon was expected to propose a significant funding increase for Missouri’s public schools when he outlines his budget and policy priorities Tuesday during his annual State of the State address.
Senator says she decided to resign because some members of the 16-member group were upset about her appearance with Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder at a news conference in December.
Missouri officials are announcing plans to retain and strengthen military bases and federal defense spending in the state.