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."
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to deliver his annual State of the State speech on Jan. 19.
The speech is given each year in the House chamber before a joint legislative session. Governors use the speech to outline their priorities, highlight past polices and present their proposed state budget.
Policymakers estimate that Missouri is facing a $500 million budget deficit.
Nixon's speech is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Read last year's state of the state address here for some perspective on where Missouri was on the issues a year ago.
Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week for the 2011 legislative session.¬† There‚Äôll be many new faces, thanks to term limits, along with new leaders for both the State House and Senate.¬† And Republicans now hold a veto-proof majority in the Senate and fall only three votes short of one in the House.¬† St. Louis Public Radio‚Äôs Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the major issues they‚Äôll be facing this year.