Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Rep. Grill votes to reject salary increase for legislators

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - State Representative Jason Grill, D-Parkville, recently voted in favor of a resolution rejecting potential salary increases for lawmakers and statewide elected officials. The measure, HCR 5, passed in the Missouri House of Representatives.
“With many Missourians losing their jobs and the state facing a tight budget situation, now is not the time to pay elected officials higher salaries,” Grill said. “This is simply not a priority use of taxpayer money.”

HCR 5 rejects recommendations made late last year by the State Salary Commission that call for pay increases for elected officials in each of the next two fiscal years. Under the Missouri Constitution, the recommended pay increases will take effect unless rejected by both chambers of the General Assembly with two-thirds majorities by Feb. 1. The measure now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

Because the resolution is to reject pay raises rather than endorse them, a “yes” vote was to oppose raises while a “no” vote was to support raises.