Pay raise for Missouri lawmakers, state officials blocked
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri lawmakers and state elected officials will not receive a raise.
State senators on Thursday voted 31-3 to block a pay increase for themselves that was recommended by a state commission.
The commission in November recommended $4,000 more for legislators and 8 percent more for the governor and other state officials in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
Opponents say lawmakers should not receive a raise, especially when state employees are not expected to get one next fiscal year.
The House voted 133-15 against the pay raises last week.
Efforts to prevent the raise stalled Wednesday after a filibuster by some Senate Democrats, who say the current $35,915 a year isn't enough to compensate lawmakers for their work. But they backed down Thursday, allowing a vote.