One month away from the start of the Missouri legislative session, Governor Mike Parson, announced Monday that he would like to raise the pay of state employees in 2022. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
Governor Parson said in a press release Monday that with a quote “With many positions across state government facing turnover rates anywhere from 10-100 percent and vacancy rates from 30-100 percent, it is past time for us to make these investments in our state workforce, which remains one of the lowest-paid the nation.” He said that he would recommend a cost of living increase of 5.5% and a 15 dollar an hour base pay for all state employees.
The fiscal year 2022 supplemental budget pay plan proposal would cost $91 million, including $52 million in general revenue. Also, in the press release, if the Fiscal Year 2022 budget is passed early by the General Assembly state employees would receive an additional 5.5 percent COLA increase on February 1, 2022, along with increases for those making under $15 per hour. Regardless of what the legislature does, on the first of next year, all Missouri state employees will receive a two percent cost of living increase. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro