A citizen panel is recommending raises for Missouri elected officials, though the Republican House speaker said it’s not likely to be popular with lawmakers — even though they would benefit.
Statewide elected officials are “substantially underpaid for the responsibilities required” and should see 8 percent raises during fiscal years 2018 and 2019, according to a report released this month by the Citizens’ Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials. That would mean incoming Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens would receive a raise of more than $22,000 during his first two years in office, going from about $134,000 to $156,000 a year.
The panel also recommended raises of about 2.5 percent both fiscal years for lawmakers, a total of about $1,800 added to the current roughly $36,000 a year.
Missouri elected officials’ salaries are set by the commission in an attempt to relieve lawmakers of the politically sticky issue of approving their own pay. The commission is constitutionally required to meet every two years to evaluate whether to increase officials’ pay, and the panel’s suggestions will automatically take effect in July unless two-thirds of the Missouri Legislature votes against them by Feb. 1.
The current recommendation would cost the state about $470,000 total.
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