Legislature nixes wage hikes for home health workers

In action Wednesday, the Missouri House voted 125-34 to block the wage increases for home health workers, saying the way Gov. Jay Nixon put the raises on the books was technically illegal.

While Democrats bemoaned the circumstances of stripping raises from low-income Missourians, Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson argued that Nixon’s maneuver was an “extraordinary overreach of executive power.”

Under the original deal, Nixon and the Missouri Home Care Union agreed that the 12,000 home health workers in the state would see their pay rise from an average of $7.75 per hour to as much as $10.15 per hour.

Nixon and union representatives could not be reached immediately.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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