Missouri panel against pay increases for elected officials
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri House committee is suggesting lawmakers reject a pay increase for statewide elected officials in 2017.
The House Rules Committee on Wednesday approved a measure to forego raises recommended by a state commission charged with evaluating salaries.
Recommendations included $22,000 more per year for Gov. Jay Nixon and ranged from 8 to 10 percent increases for other state-elected officers. Members of the Legislature would have received $4,000 more annually, or an 11 percent raise under the commission's proposal.
Republican Rep. Kevin Engler of Farmington says he wants to reject the increase, but says a better system is needed to determine whether officials deserve raises. Lawmakers have rejected proposals for salary increases since 2009.
The measure must be approved by two-thirds of both chambers before going to the governor.