Governor to Propose 4 Percent Raise for State Workers

JANUARY 9, 2006 - Posted at 8:14 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Goveror Blunt says he will propose a four percent pay hike for most state employees.

Blunt says that in his State of the State address Wednesday, he will include $93.6 million to increase pay for state workers.

Blunt says pay has not kept up with the cost of living.  And he says state employees have responded to the challenge of doing more with less.

Blunt's plan calls for a four percent across-the-board raise for state government workers, except for elected officials and judges.

About 1,000 nurses would get an additional eight percent raise, and nearly 6,000 law enforcement officers would get an extra four percent raise.

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