Gloomy Prospects for Increasing State Employee Wages

Though members of Joint-Interim Committee on State Employee Wages this week expressed support for increasing the wages of Missouri state workers, slow growth in revenue could derail the efforts. With the state facing a $500 million cut in the budget, pay increases don’t seem likely, even though Missouri workers are the lowest paid in the nation.

The Committee listened to a report by a consulting firm that recommended that the estimated 5,000 state workers whose salaries were below market pay should be raised to a market competitive salary. This was estimated to cost $13 million. The consulting firm also recommended freezing the salaries of the 250 workers being paid above market value.

These and other recommendations will be taken into account as the Budget Committee begins deliberations on the state budget next week.