Nixon Wants to Raise State Pay, Cut Number of Workers

Gov. Jay Nixon wants to raise the pay of state employees while also cutting 190 positions in state government. Nixon on Monday proposed a 2 percent raise for state workers effective Jan. 1, 2014 – halfway through the state’s next budget year. The governor’s plan calls for a targeted salary increase for nurses in state government that would take effect this July. The 190 jobs that Nixon wants to eliminate include some in the Department of Social Services because of plans for a new computer system for the Medicaid program. Nixon’s administration estimates that Missouri has cut more than 4,000 state jobs since 2009.