pay raises http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. budget negotiators back 2 percent pay raise for state employees http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-budget-negotiators-back-2-percent-pay-raise-state-employees <p>House and Senate budget negotiators resumed talks today, but still have not resolved differences over how to fund veterans homes and health care for the blind.</p><p>They agreed on numerous budget items that have garnered little to no controversy.&nbsp; The House won out on its proposed pay raise for state workers &ndash; those earning under $70,000 a year would get a 2 percent raise starting in July.&nbsp; Kirk Schaefer (R, Columbia), the Senate&rsquo;s chief negotiator, says he didn&rsquo;t mind accepting the House&rsquo;s position on pay raises.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 17:38:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3642 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. budget negotiators back 2 percent pay raise for state employees Missouri Senate passes state budget, restores blind pensions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-state-budget-restores-blind-pensions <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> passed a&nbsp;$24&nbsp;billion state budget early this morning, following several hours of debate and closed-door negotiations.</p><p>The&nbsp;Senate&nbsp;spending plan&nbsp;for FY2013&nbsp;directly&nbsp;challenges the&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri&nbsp;House&#39;s </a>position on blind&nbsp;pensions.&nbsp;&nbsp;By a narrow margin, Senators&nbsp;restored $28 million in state funding cut by the House last month, while leaving in $18 million in federal Medicaid dollars.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem19.htm">Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer</a> (R, Columbia)&nbsp;says they now have more room to maneuver when negotiations with the House begin on the final version of the budget. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 08:08:16 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3566 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate passes state budget, restores blind pensions Ill. Gov. Quinn ordered to start paying raises to state workers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-gov-quinn-ordered-start-paying-raises-state-workers <p>Updated 1:21 with story from WBEZ.</p><p><em>Reporting from WBEZ&#39;s Sam Hudzik used in this report.</em></p><p>A victory today for a public employee union in Illinois.</p><p>An <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/union-asks-arbitrator-decide-canceled-raises-ill-state-workers">arbitrator</a> says Governor Pat Quinn cannot cancel pay raises promised to state workers, but the issue is far from settled.</p><p>(<a href="http://www.afscme31.org/tools/assets/files/State-AFSCME-7111-Increase-Award.pdf">Here&#39;s a link to the full text of the decision from the arbitrator</a>)</p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:39:07 +0000 The Associated Press 1680 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Gov. Quinn ordered to start paying raises to state workers Mo. lawmaker Lembke trying to block judicial pay raise http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmaker-lembke-trying-block-judicial-pay-raise <p>The Missouri <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/2011-missouri-legislative-preview">state budget is already due for more cuts this year</a>, and that's the reason Republican Sen. <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/09info/members/mem01.HTM">Jim Lembke</a>, of St. Louis, cites for filing a resolution to block a recommended pay raise for judges.</p><p>The Associated Press reports that "Judges have argued for several years that higher salaries are needed to persuade qualified people to serve as judges instead of working as private-sector attorneys where they might earn more money."</p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 19:29:34 +0000 Kelsey Proud 257 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. lawmaker Lembke trying to block judicial pay raise