PD Coverage on State Employee Raises

The Post-Dispatch reports on state employee wages set to increase July 1. My pull-quote:

Pay will still lag a couple thousand dollars behind the averages for South Carolina and Arkansas, and state workers in Kansas and Illinois will continue to make significantly higher than their counterparts here.


“It’s not enough, but in this budget climate, that’s probably the most we could have gotten,” said Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City. “We’ve got to keep moving the ball toward higher salaries.”….


Like Kehoe, Barnes also served on the committee to review state worker pay last year. He said that workers face other issues, including the fact that they are taking home less pay because of changes to their state pensions and health insurance.