Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, chair of the Missouri House Budget Committee, said anticipated budget cuts in the next fiscal year will make it difficult to raise pay for state workers, who are among the lowest paid in the nation.
“Employee pay is something is an issue that is important to me,” says Fitzpatrick. “It’s something I have talked about in the past as being something I want to address, but I think we’re going to be looking at potentially having to cut $500 million out of the budget this fiscal year that we’re entering.”
Last year, the Missouri legislature and then-Gov. Jay Nixon approved a 2 percent pay increase for state workers.
The average base salary of Missouri’s state workers is nearly $38,000 – making them the lowest paid in the nation. According to a study by St. Louis firm CBIZ Human Capital Services, base salaries for Missouri’s state employees are more than 10% below what is considered competitive in the job market.
CBIZ says the state would have to spend more than $13 million to bring state worker pay up to market level.
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