Gov. Nixon vetoes Senate resolution, wants higher health care wages
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a senate resolution Friday that would block a wage increase for at-home health care attendants.
That resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 46, would disapprove a rule proposed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that would set a new pay range for these attendants. At-home attendants care for elderly and physically disabled Missourians and are paid with funds from Medicaid.
The Missouri House of Representatives rejected the wage increase rule earlier in February.
The current minimum wage is $7.65 per hour. The wage increase rule would establish a new range from $8.50 to $10.15 per hour.
"Missouri's home-care workers help our seniors and Missourians with disabilities live healthier and more independent lives - and they deserve a raise for the difficult and important work they do," Nixon said in a statement released Friday. "By disapproving this rule, the General Assembly defies the will of voters and denies these personal care attendants a much-deserved incerease in their wages."
In a letter to the General Assembly, Nixon stated that SCR 46 would frustrate implementation of the Quality Home Care Act, which was passed by a wide margin in November 2008. The act created a bargaining process for personal care attendant wages.