Missouri lawmakers act to block home care worker wage hike
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are taking action to block a health department rule that would increase wages for home care attendants.
The House voted Wednesday on a measure blocking the wage hike after a similar vote by the Senate. The measure now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon.
Lawmakers want to stop a proposed Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services rule that would raise the pay for home care attendants from the $7.65 an hour to a range between $8.50 and $10.15.
The workers care for aging Missourians and others who can't care for themselves.
Some lawmakers say a wage hike should be up to the Legislature, and that the agency doesn't have the authority to give those workers raises.
But some Democrat critics say home care workers deserve higher pay.