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Judges' pay raise means pay cut for lawmakers

January 28, 1999
By: Lee McGuire
State Capital Bureau

A pay raise for Missouri's judges now looks certain, but that also means Missouri's legislators won't be getting a once-promised and much-debated pay raise after all. Lee McGuire reports from Jefferson City.

A complicated political decision means the state legislature has voted itself out of a pay raise.

Tacked on to a state salary commission plan to raise judges' pay was a repeal of an old hike in legislative salaries.

St. Louis County Republican Senator Francis Flotron says the process of deciding pay scales is flawed:

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Contents: He says the commission must be disbanded.

The state constitution requires the final decision on pay raises to be made by Monday, but with no more votes scheduled, the plan will go through by default. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.