A joint House-Senate committee met today at the Missouri Capitol to discuss a proposed review of wages and benefits paid to state workers.
State Senator Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City) sits on the Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages. He says they’d like to hire a company to review Missouri’s entire compensation package for state employees.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) has decided to let state employees take the day after Thanksgiving off work this year.
The state’s latest general revenue report show that Missouri collected 7.5 percent more money last month than it did in October of last year, and State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says that’s part of the reason why state workers will get to stay home on November 23rd.
Clifton Scott, 50, is the first MoDOT worker killed in the line of duty since Missouri's Move Over law was expanded last month to include Dept. of Transportation employees and vehicles. He was one of two MoDOT workers who responded during pre-dawn hours to a four-vehicle crash on I-70 in Independence. Scott was placing cones on the highway to re-route traffic around 2:50 a.m. when he was struck by another vehicle. Scott died at the scene, and the driver who struck him was seriously injured after crashing into Scott's truck. Chris Redline is an engineer with MoDOT’s Kansas City office.
Illinois lawmakers are scheduled to debate today a massive overhaul of the state’s pension system.
The measure’s revival was made possible last night by a surprise move from House Speaker Michael Madigan, who calls an overhaul necessary.
Madigan told Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky he regrets his role in passing an early retirement package a decade ago that added to the state’s $83 billion unfunded pension liability – and what he wants to do about it now.
A major state employee union has asked an arbitrator to decide whether Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel scheduled raises for thousands of workers.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sought the ruling Thursday. Quinn announced last week he was canceling the $75 million in raises to help deal with the state's budget crisis.