Gov. Nixon has proposed a “two-percent” raise for state employees which starts mid-way through the year. I’m encouraged that the proposed budget includes this pay raise. Of course I’d like such a raise to start at the beginning of the fiscal year. I’d also like it to be larger than the two percent for half-a-year which was identical to his proposal last year. State employees are dead last in pay and need a few years with more than a mere cost-of-living increase. However, any step in the right direction is a step I support.